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Even her creative process runs on adrenaline. “My first daily ritual is to grab some ice coffee. It completely changes the way my body and mind work- getting my hand steady and my mind thinking and ready to make art. I’m completely dependent on it, but I absolutely love it. There are also visual stimuli that inspire me, in a deep seeded way.” Of the actual process, she says: “I just start. I usually work sitting on the floor or in my bed, with the photograph on my lap. I don’t sketch anything out. I just get super close and intimate with the photograph, and that keeps me focused and mediated on the piece. At times, I’ll look up from a piece and its hours later and I haven’t stopped or eaten, and have to wander out of that mindset.” The result is a story with a story written on it: a picture, covered in a tight web of lines and circles that both enhance and obfuscate the picture’s original purpose. The handiwork is fluid and the finished product is mesmerizing. Alana, for all her years of work, is still only beginning. “I have been working on clothing designs. It is based off the illustrations I have drawn on people. The clothing line will allow people to wear my illustrations, and hopefully feel like they are part of my art. I have been starting an art book, but not sure if it will make it to the public. I’ve been shooting a bunch of new photographs lately. I’m not sure when I’ll release them, but it feels good to hold a camera again. I also have a plan for a huge installation project and collaboration with three other artists. I am really looking forward to creating a totally immersive experience with my art.” She also lists a nine foot sculpture as one of her proudest accomplishments. In case you lost count, that tallies up to four different art forms (fashion, photography, drawing, and sculpting) that Alana flourishes in. I asked her what her ideal road trip would be, and somewhat unsurprisingly, her answer was broad and boundless: “I would love to buy one of those silver airstream trailers and hook it up to my future station wagon with the wood panel sides and go everywhere in America, as long as I can get to the Blue Ridge Highway, Redwood Forest, and Red Rocks. For other countries, I think backpacking is the only way to go for me.”

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ROADTRIP, Issue 5, Atwood Magazine  

atwood magazine is an arts/fashion/music/literary/interview publication that seeks out new talent and fresh voices, giving its readers a uni...

ROADTRIP, Issue 5, Atwood Magazine  

atwood magazine is an arts/fashion/music/literary/interview publication that seeks out new talent and fresh voices, giving its readers a uni...