Alanna Marcelletti is an artist who graduated from Cal State Long Beach in California with a BFA and an MFA. In 2014, she was awarded the Marilyn Werby Scholarhip; and in 2015 participated in the show “Insights” at the University Art Museum. Now, Marcelletti works with Durden & Ray working and residing in Los Angeles. An important part of her artistic career is being one of the founding artists for the project BLAM and her collaborative work becoming of it.
Alanna Marcelletti expresses her art through the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, as well as mixed medias including non-traditional mediums. An example of one of her mixed medias includes her piece titled Mom. Marcelletti, whether it be in the artwork itself, or the title, likes to incorporate different types of women found in literature—exploring how different literature is presented to young women and how it can influence a growing woman. As a mother, Marcelletti demonstrates the experience of motherhood and being a woman through her art. She is interested in bigger political issues involving gender equality, as well as issues related to motherhood like the “transformation of the body, obligation to another human being, and lack of control.” Marcelletti “embraces both the positive and negative results of outside influences upon the individual psyche including societal pressures such as gender roles, the need to marry, and womanhood.” Marcelletti’s belief is that with time, her art will decay and that it is okay for change with her current artwork, as well as her past artworks.
“My art will decay, and change over time just like me.”
The exhibit Collectivity will investigate points of connection between artists from two internationally significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles) in two concurrent exhibits across two states.