Alessandra Hogan, 21, BFA Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design, is a New Haven-born painter and printmaker.
When Alessandra is asked about the motivation behind her work, a distinct childhood memory comes to mind: walking down the flawlessly manicured streets of her father’s New England hometown, she listens intently as he describes the Halloween night when a girl he knew was beaten to death by
a classmate in her backyard. Struck by an act so brutal in such seemingly perfect suburban splendor, Alessandra has chased such incongruities ever since, searching to express through allegory the darkness and decay lurking behind the veneer of conventional beauty and other constructs.
Alessandra comes from a large, tight-knit family that is no stranger to keeping secrets, and she finds these themes of family life and concealment often appear in her art.
Alessandra draws on literary influences, captivated by the ability of words to trigger emotion, even memory. “Delicious horror,” wrote Patrick Suskind, encapsulating the brilliant mania and essence of his novel, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, in one single word-pairing. Alessandra aspires to such summary strokes on paper—each mark able to convey the whole. The intensity of repetition echoes through every aspect of her work. She loves spending days in studio focused on the smallest detail, and is drawn towards protracted, process-oriented work. Art, to her, is a way to express the overlooked and unseen—a means of revealing grace in the ordinary, even the grotesque.