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About the Artist


 

About Me

Hi! I am Alyssa Thorne - a Fine Art Photographer based out of Seattle WA, with over 15 years of experience behind the lens. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and later attended The School for the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, as well as the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

I am available for commission from January to June. For inquiries, please email: alyssathornefineart@gmail.com

You can read recent interviews with me about my life and process at Unquiet Things, and Moth & Myth

About My Art

The world of my art is heavily influenced by classical vanitas, memento mori and still life. Drawing on the rich themes and history around death, literature, and nature, I aim to make timeless and painterly photographs for all to enjoy. 

Current Artist Statement

Still life: Meanings hidden, shown, and yet to be discovered. I want to show that an entire world can lie in a bowl of fruit, or even a vase of flowers. I hold still life sacred.  It serves as a means to truly shape an image, rather than simply take a picture of what already exists. I do not just document, I conduct. I orchestrate small universes, existing among the petals and juice of spilled fruits. I find the cosmos in a single flower. I heal my wounds with dirt-caked hands, using tiny symbols as small as an apple seed. Melding parts into a whole, I create an ephemeral waypoint before the items depart to my dinner table, shelves, or back to the earth. Classical vanitas, memento mori, floral still lives – all within the dark world of my table.

With simple tools and familiar objects, I spin tales of how death has touched my life, share stories of where I come from, echo songs taught to me by the forests and hills of the land. I create from myths, folktales, and literature. I create beauty for beauty’s sake – to escape out of reality into a lush and vibrant place, bursting with life, possibility, and love. Birthing art into a cold and hard world, with no other motivation than to show beauty and connection to lost souls, is an act of rebellion. Women have been historically scorned for lack of substance when creating conventionally beautiful work. I reject this notion and weaponize it. Beauty is power. It can cut through monotony like a jeweled sword - and I intend to wield it as long as I can.


Curriculum Vitae

Gallery Shows

  • PCC Sylvania Annual Juried Women’s Art Show, 1st Place Recipient, September 2009

  • “Girls Doing Girl Things” Group Show. Workaround Gallery, Portland OR, November 2009

  • “Light Sensitive Material” Group Show. Launch Pad Gallery, Portland OR. December 2009

  • Polaroid Project Group Show. Floating World Comics, Portland OR. July 2010

  •  No Thoughts Magazine Group Show. Panopticon Gallery, Boston Massachusetts. December 2013 - January 2014

Publications

  • No Thoughts Magazine - Editor, Contributor. Issues 2-8

  • Sloane Magazine. Red/Hot Editorial. Summer 2010

  • Girls On Film Zine 05. Summer 2011 Issue

  • Girls on Film Photo Book Vol. 1 - July 2013