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Alanna DeRocchi, 2011–2012 Speyer Fellow, 2012–2013 Windgate Fellow
summer resident 2010, long-term 2011–2013

Alanna DeRocchi is originally from the small town of Petersburg, Illinois.  She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2010. She also holds BA and BFA degrees from Western Illinois University from 2002 and 2004, as well as spent three years as a post baccalaureate student at California State University, Long Beach.  She has since been a visiting artist at the University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh, and recently completed a residency at the ClayArch Gimhae Museum in Jillye, South Korea. In 2010 she was a summer resident at the Bray, in 2011 she returned as the first receipient of the Speyer Fellow and most recently received a 2012–2013 Windgate Fellowship.

"Through my installations I want the viewer to feel unsettled, but not through a visually deceptive illusion.  The scale, fragmentation, and odd appearance of the animals/ furniture are intended to shift perception from the ordinary and disturb the connection to the familiar.  The constructed displays are interpretations of natural history museum diorama staging and are meant to question the viewer's placement in their surroundings.  By raising the work off the floor it is out of one's common ground.  Some of the subjects confuse time by appearing in arrested motion. The installation often limits sight lines by framing the three-dimensional pieces in a seemingly two-dimensional scene as to be observed at a distance.  The drawing and painting of the ceramic surface is meant to reflect my attraction to early nature drawings/prints and unfinished paintings, in an investigation of some grey area of what is real and not- where focus remains and memory is blurred."

To see more work of Alanna's visit her website at

Even a Big Horn Sheep Needs a Rock , 2012
ceramic, paint, pencil, shellac, wood, steel, casters
82" x 43" x 75"

Even a Big Horn Sheep Needs a Rock (detail)

Moose Mount (Montana) , 2012
ceramic, paint, wood, pencil, steel
96" x 45.5" x 84"

Jackrabbit Habitat, 2012
ceramic, wood, paint, pencil, straw,
caster wheels

Early Morning Bugle Call of a Wading Elk , 2012
ceramic, paint, MDF, pencil, wood, casters
96" x 45" x 75"