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1325 Donors' Gallery, • Current 

Naomi The Cactus Eater Watercolor and pen and ink 26x26
The Cactus Eater © Naomi Alessandra, watercolor and pen and ink, 26" x 26". 

Ghost Garden

a solo exhibition of recent work by the recipient of the 2017–2018 Max Thelen Studio Residency, Naomi Alessandra

January 12-March 6, 2018
Receptions: January 12 • 5–8pm, February 9 • 5–8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 3, 2018 • 2pm–3pm

About Ghost Garden

With Ghost Garden, the artist delves into complicated imagined relationships between her human-like protagonists and the natural and botanical worlds. In these surreal scenes, spectral subjects are engaged in active connection—and sometimes conflict—with plants, animals, and environmental phenomena. Through these complicated and unexpected scenarios, Naomi Alessandra develops mysterious, humorous, and vaguely unsettling allegories that aptly reflect the contemporary American social and political climate.

In addition to the artist’s watercolor and pen + ink works on paper, other mediums explored in Ghost Garden are concrete sculpture, contemporary freestyle Ikebana, and traditional hand-rendered animation. A specific visual vocabulary threads the exhibition and includes such odd symbolic motifs as traffic safety cones and spiny cacti.

About the Artist

Naomi Alessandra is an artist, illustrator and designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A scholar of comparative literature and apparel design, her work is character-driven and often documents fashion trends and other signifiers of cultural identity to create allegorical snapshots of modern life.

Naomi's illustration and design work has spanned the realms of fashion/editorial illustration, book illustration/ design, and packaging design. She has developed illustrations for brands such as L'Oréal/Clarisonic and Princess Cruises; publications including Black Book, Spindle, and StyleLikeU; and fashion illustration monograph Figurines de Moda: Técnicas y Estilos.

Recently, she has turned her attention to expansive projects best suited to a gallery setting, including large format paintings on paper and hand-painted animated short films. Working most often with watercolor and pen + ink on paper, she relishes the technical challenge of developing big projects using materials usually reserved for more modest formats.

Recent solo exhibitions include The Slap (2017), diPietro Todd Mill Valley; Entanglement (2016-2017), diPietro Todd Union Square, San Francisco; The Girls (2016), ArtBeat, Berkeley; and Falling to Earth (2016), AYA Salon, Petaluma. She has also participated in a number of group exhibitions at venues including Art Works Downtown (San Rafael), Smith Andersen North (San Anselmo); Wonderland Gallery, 111 Minna, and Goforaloop Gallery (San Francisco); and Warehouse 416 (Oakland).Naomi is currently the Max Thelen Artist in Residence at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, California.



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