Alanna Lorenzon is an artist and writer based in Melbourne. Her work spans the modalities of drawing, installation, sculpture and relational art practices.
Alanna’s work draws on eco-psychology by exploring the relationship between the human psyche and the natural world. Her work considers both the effect natural places have on human bodies and minds, and in turn, the ways in which humans conceive of, define and idealise these spaces. Underscoring this interest is an awe of nature co-existing with a deep melancholy concerning the ongoing devastation of these environments. Her drawing works use detailed iterations of texture to absorb the viewer creating images that sit somewhere between landscape and mindscape.
Within her writing practice is focussed on the fields of psychology, ecology, art and embodied experience. She has published in numerous art journals and exhibition catalogues, and has worked as an editor for the publication ‘Alone,Together’ funded by the Janet Holmes à Court Artists Grant. She is currently working on a long-form piece that explores extreme psychological states such as grief, psychosis and body dysmorphia and uses research and personal experience to contemplate the extraordinary and unusual ways that individuals can experience emotion in their body.
In her relational practice, she seeks to create safe spaces for people to experience a more embodied and expansive attitude to the here and now through participatory workshops and events. In 2016 Alanna co-founded ‘While the Hour’ an artist collective exploring chronosophy - the philosophical study of time. Within this collective, she facilitated a series of events exploring the concept of ‘deep time’ for the National Sustainable Living Festival 2017. These events invited the public to participate in series of creative activities that explored human's connection to the planet - its deep past and possible futures.
Her artwork has been exhibited widely in commercial galleries, artist-run spaces and festivals both in Australia and overseas and her writing has been published in Un Magazine, Dissect Journal, Runway Magazine and in numerous Artist Catalogues. Her artist residencies have included the Testing Grounds studio residency in Melbourne, 2017 and the SÍM Artist Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, 2013. She has been the recipient of both the Australia Council Artstart Grant and the Janet Holmes à Court Artist Grant. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours from Monash university in 2009 and a Master of Art Therapy at Latrobe University in 2016.
Masters of Art Therapy, Latrobe University, 2015-16.
Bachelor of Fine Art Honours (Painting), Monash University, completed 2009.
2017 While the Hour, Testing grounds, Melbourne
2016 Spaces are as Important as the Words, curated by Veronica Aldous, Yarra Sculpture Gallery
2015 Return to Nature, curated by Jasmine Targett, Burrinja Cultural Centre
2015 Found Festival, Testing Grounds, Melbourne
2014 Artist Books (reprised) curated by Sandie Bridie, Craig Burgess and Alice Mathieu, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne.
2014 Found Festival, curated by Kirsty Hulm, Magdalen Laundry, Abbottsford Convent, Melbourne.
2013 The Significance of Popcorn C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford, Melbourne.
2013 Speculation Flying Leap Art Space, Fairfield IA, USA.
2013 Octahedron (In the Absence of One Man) SIM residency building, Reykjavik, Iceland.
2012 Disappearance curated by Adele Sliuzas Paper, String, Plastic, Adelaide.
2011 Flux You & Me, curated by Audrey Hulm, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne.
2011 GOOD JOB TEAM! curated by Stan Mahoney, JAM Factory, Adelaide.
2011 Unclassified curated by Rachel Feery & Gillian Brown, Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne.
2010 Mercy Street curated by Anusha Kenny, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne.
2010 Whole Pieces curated by Pip Wallis, SEVENTH Gallery, Melbourne.\
2010 Structural Integrity curated by Phip Murray and Kelly Fliedner, WestSpace Pavillion as part of the Next Wave festival, the Meat Market, Melbourne.
2009 Lots of People Have What You Have curated by Anusha Kenny, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 Death Begins in the Bowel Link Space, Caulfield, Melbourne.
2012 Cashmere If You Can with collaboration with Sarah CrowEST, Benjamin Woods, Kristin Phillips, Jamie Boys & Jonas Ropponen, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Melbourne.
2012 Alone, Together:Phase II with Edward Gould, Platform Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne.
2011 Alone, Together:Phase I with Edward Gould, Platform Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
2011 Mantle with Lucy Berglund, TCB, Melbourne.
2012 Screen Space Sammaki Gallery, Battambang, Cambodia.
2010 Songs to Dance to, Songs to Die to as part of the Adelaide Fringe festivalFormat Gallery, Adelaide.
2015 Humans Are a Part of Other Things, for Sarah CrowEST
2014 TOO YOUNG, TOO LIGHT, TO WORK, catalogue essay for Marlaina Read’s exhibition of the same name at Bus projects, Melbourne.
2013 Three Months on the Island, Runway Magazine Issue #24 Islands, edited by Jasmine Powell.
2013 A Pillar of Cloud by Day and Fire by Night, catalogue essay for James Murnane’s exhibition of the same name at Purgatory Gallery, Melbourne.
2013 Pan-psychic Household Solutions Un Magazine Issue 6.2 edited by Lisa Radford & Liang Luscombe.
2012 The Inexplicable Magnetism of an Alien Object Un Magazine Issue 6.1 edited by Lisa Radford & Liang Luscombe.
2011 Dream of Pictures Runway Magazine Issue 20 'Magic', edited by Amber McCulloh
2011 Think about this: This Great Pull in us to Connect 'Alone, Together' zine, published as part of the 'Alone, Together' project.
2010 7 Years of Bad Luck, TCB catalogue essay for Olle Holmberg
2010 Nature Watch: the perpetual meadow, the well-drained soils, The Reader, The Emerging Writers' Festival, edited by Aden Rolfe.
Unclassified catalogue, Rachel Feery & Gillian Brown
Mercy Street catalogue, Anusha Kenny
Mercy Street catalogue, Tara june Winch
Invisible City, Issue 06 Mapping, edited by Marlaina Read
2013 SÍM Residency, Reykjavik Iceland
2013 Dangershack Residency, Fairfield IA, USA
2017 While the Hour, Testing Grounds studio residency.
2012 ArtStart, Australia Council for the Arts.
2011 Janet Holmes a Court Artists Grant.