Together Apart: #Shelter
Alessandra Stradella is an Italian artist, born and raised in Venice, living between Europe and the USA. She’s currently based in Philadelphia, where she works as Philosophy Professor. Her recent work as abstract painter is strongly influenced by her previous experience as actress in theatre and her present research in the field of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art.
She holds a physical relation to her painting process. She thinks of painting as movement, as building in order to destroy, as discovery of what is hidden, forgotten, unseen. Painting is a visceral escape in an outside-of-concepts space, and yet holds a reflection about time and becoming.
ALESSANDRA ABOUT TOGETHER APART: #SHELTER
Presented with the challenge of moving towards a definition of shelter, I chose to leave painting aside and experiment with media I am not comfortable with. I wondered whether and how the out-of-comfort would have led me closer to a signifier for shelter. It all unfolded as a spontaneous process of de-construction of the idea of shelter in order to find shelter. De-construction and unfamiliarity inhabit both my painting and philosophical practice. Un-doing revealed abundance.
My first individual project was a simple exercise in free association so to let the hidden manifest. The second one, with a partner, explored trust and play and spontaneity_ as in bare feet communicating with each other. The last collective project was conceived as dissolution of shelter, a communion in the dissolution of language, for a non-language, so that silence and unintelligible sound could be heard. Painting came back, as erosion of what was before.
Lives in Philadelphia, USA
2008 | Ph.D. in Philosophy with a specialization in Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
2000 | Diploma in Acting, Actor Studio, Venice, Italy
1991-93 | Diploma in Acting and Commedia dell’Arte, Venice, Italy
2020 | Artist, Reader, Writer, II, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2019 | Perennial Vision, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2019 | Stilled life, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2019 | Art et Al., Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2019 | Joya AiR, Velez Rubio, Spain