Exhibition || Encaustic Cyanotype
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Encaustic Cyanotype on Exhibition

Current work on display now through December 5, 2018 — I can’t tell you how good it feels to have my artwork out in the world.

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Ali Lanenga
Somewhere I Have Never Traveled || Open Edition Prints
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Open Edition Prints

Inspired by the poem Somewhere I Have Never Traveled by E.E. Cummings

With both my children in school this year, and with a little more time to myself, I’m excited to announce a series of OPEN EDITION prints inspired by the poem Somewhere I have Never Traveled by E.E. Cummings.

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me,i and
my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

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Forever With 8x10

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Frail Gesture 6x6

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The Heart Of This Flower 9x12

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Intense Fragility 11x14

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Not Even The Rain 4x4

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Petal By Petal 16x20

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Her First Rose 8x10

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Spring Opens 16x20

Technical Specs

Each piece is printed using archival inks on Natural Thai Kozo Speckled paper and coated in encaustic medium. Pieces are made by hand and natural variations are to be expected. The artworks are made to order shipping two weeks after the order date. Each work comes framed in a float frame and comes ready to hang. (USA Shipping included!)

Ali Lanenga
The Wallflower Series
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Wallflower Series

Works about mental illness, sexual abuse, and relationships


This series has taken me a long time.  It is a large, ongoing body of work that I've held very dear, as some of my most vulnerable and delicate feelings are harnessed in these large works.  They demand attention in part because of their size, but also because of their content.

Words have all but failed me as I've tried to communicate my cycles of collapse and rejuvenation.  My struggle with mental illness is a lonely and isolated one, and so I’ve turned to flowers; Juxtaposing my sadness with their beauty and my melancholy with their grace.  Coalescing the flowers and the cyanotype into a single work, the flowers surround and support me. The images are as complex and they are simple, documenting events from my life’s story with beauty and heartbreaking emotion. 

Some criticism this series has received, all by men, is that these works are too subtle.   These works are unapologetically feminine.  How can a single photograph, printed by hand no less, at this scale ever be subtle?   The emotions they convey are contradictions, but the expressive tonal ranges of cyan are anything but subtle.  Blue is a very difficult color to make and historically cyanotypes have been used as contrast prints using only Prussian blue and white.  We are not used to seeing cyanotypes with such subtly and expansive range in one work.  This is a new visual language.


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The above work titled "Field of Innocence" measuring 36x36 is about the sexual assault I experienced as a child.  


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Above 60x30, "Destinies Inextricably Linked" is about my relationship with photography and how, in a very literal sense, it has saved my life from suicide, depression, and much more. Giving me better coping skills and a tool to help me understand myself.

Below 20x24, "A Ten Year Declaration" a portrait (if you will) of my marriage at our ten year anniversary.  The texture of this work is thick and the marks made with intention.  I am the flower on the left.


 
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Below first 48x36, "The Empress Of Winter"  I talk about HERE in an audio clip, is about depression.  If you take the time to listen to the audio clip, you'll learn about the Victorian Era language of flowers and how it plays a large role in understanding the visual language of these works.

Below second 40x30, "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" in a nuanced work about my relationship with my mother. 


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We give and receive flowers in times of trial and celebration.  Flowers are a solace, because flowers say what words can not.  As a collection these works beg the question, will I allow myself to love and be loved despite impossibly difficult circumstances?

These works are available for purchase, but as they continye to be shown in local exhibitions, please inquire directly to me via email at ali.lanenga@gmail.com.  Each is an edition of 1 mounted on a studio depth cradled wood panel. 

All are encaustic cyanotypes mounted using Lineco, a neutral ph adhesive and come with wire attached, ready to hang.


Ali Lanenga