Alanna Lorenzon is an artist and writer based in Melbourne whose art practice spans drawing, installation, sound and sculpture. Her work concentrates on relationships to the Self and significant others, and privileges feelings such as longing and tenderness. Underlying such expression is always the natural world, which seems to translate and create an existential atmosphere. She graduated with Honours in Fine Arts from Monash University in 2009 where her honours thesis ‘Poetic Biology’ attempted to combine descriptions of stuffed whales, slime molds and slug sex with the theories of Georges Bataille.
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 Australian Experimental Art and in numerous artist catalogues. She was awarded the Janet Holmes à Court artist grant in 2010 and the Australia Council Artstart grant in 2012. From 2010 -11 she collaborated on a major audio-visual project with musician Edward Gould where the duo interviewed 50 friends and strangers about loneliness & connectedness in the Degraves St Subway, Melbourne, with these recordings becoming the material for the subsequent exhibition. In 2013 she travelled to Iceland where she undertook the SÍM artist residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, and an internship at Nýlistasafnið ‘The Living Art Museum’. In 2013 she also undertook the Dangershack artist residency in Fairfield, Iowa.
Her design work can be found on the cover of the soon to be released EP ‘Water Near a Bridge’ by Melbourne based band ‘Krakatau’. She is currently designing mountain tattoos for friends; working on a collaborative writing project ‘SERIOUS TALKS’ with Katherine Riley; and creating a large-scale fabric work to be exhibited as part of the ‘Found initiative’ at the Abbotsford Convent in May 2014. www.alannalorenzon.com