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Alicia Degener

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Birthplace
Detroit, Michigan

Birth year
1963

Lives in
Brooklyn, NY

Works in
Pastel,paint, mixed media

Schools
University of Michigan School of Art
Parsons School of Design, New York & Paris
Cal State, Hayward

Statement

I am a Brooklyn based artist working primarily in pastel portraying the urban landscape of New York as well as my hometown Detroit, Michigan. I have embarked upon an exploration of the inner city by showing the barriers set before us in our everyday lives, often with a sense of ironic humor. In my work "Precinct", a defunct police precinct no longer protecting the neighborhood but surrounded by chain link and barbed wire to safeguard it from the neighborhood. "The Soul Saving Holy Church" portrays a church set forth to save the soul but stands as the lone building on a Detroit city block with bars on its windows. In my cityscapes, the natural world of trees shields the viewer and offers protection. The viewer becomes a bit voyeuristic, peering from beneath the veil of tree foliage, to spy upon a home made spooky by an inflatable Jack-O-Lantern in Halloween". Trees again give just enough protection from menacing dogs warning not to tread too closely, as they guard their lot in "Roof Dogs". Nature is also shown overpowering its cement enemy as grass repeatedly breaks through the streets and city blocks, returning to open fields in my Detroit pieces. Text often appears in my work to further support the juxtaposition of disparate notions. A factory that makes windows; our eye to the world, is ensconced in treacherous razor wire. The "O" in "Bowling Alley" is a bowling ball with a howling face before its inevitable collision. Recurring patterns, often of erector set simplicity, are depicted throughout my work; notable in my Coney Island series. Pastel is my favored medium allowing exploration of vibrant,bold colors almost unctuous in their intensity. 

Recent Exhibits

Alicia Degener participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2011 Queens Creative
Standard Motor Products Building - Acumen Project Space
 
Exhibited with these artists
Alicia Degener has Exhibited with these artists:

Brian Petro Pedro F. Vintimilla
Michael Hew Wing
Exhibited at these venues
Alicia Degener has Exhibited at these venues:

Standard Motor Products Building - Acumen Project Space
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