Thursday, October 14, 2010

Summer drawings for new sculpture

Here's some drawings I did over the summer that are more in my own sensibility (as opposed to trying to figure out what a client wants, and executing the work from descriptors someone else provides). I envision this work to be large - at least 3 x 12 metres. Thinking of using cement fabric and translucent cement. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Edmonton Commission - Summer 2010 - Creating a Myth

Graham Burns of Ant with me (Debora Alanna) on scaffold, installing Revisioning

Process of project development for Auricle and Revisioning or Creating a Myth
In July 2010, I received a call from Joe Clare. A colleague, painter of the Free Rain mural, James K-M had some of my sculpture in his studio, which Joe saw when visiting. This work seemed to generate the beginning of opportunity for me, and I responded to Joe’s ideas by coming to Edmonton to produce Auricle and Revisioning. Joe’s inspired idea to involve Edmonton business brought us to Durabond, where we were graciously provided with working space, technical support and material. The work took 6 weeks to complete. Graham Burns, owner of ANT, craftsman extraordinaire, provided installation expertise. Ron Snider has kindly been the project photo-journalist and Brandi Elderkin administrative and logistic support. Thank you to the muses that enabled Joe Clare’s vision. His enduring and sustained determination has provided an amazing orchestration to bridge art and business, giving possibilities a life. Thank you to the entire team, and especially, Joe Clare, for your generous spirit. 

Clairaudience (mystical hearing) is integral to the Anahatha or heart/stillness Chakra. Through this spiritual centre, we hear the pulse of the universe.
Auricle is composed of four sculptures because four denotes earthly phenomena, grounding us to be accessible to numinous experience. As we are bound by Earth’s four cardinal points (North, South, East and West), time’s four seasons/ four lunar weeks we are also associated with four classical "elements" of fire, air, earth, and water. The association with Earth means that four symbolizes being "down-to-earth." Four is the first composite number is linked to the idea of an other-directed or "composite personality" that takes cues from diverse and often contradictory sources, leading to fiercely autonomous, "out-of-the-box" thinking.  Auricle allows diverse hearing of disparate thought.
 Joe Clare’s prolific community development has become another success. His vision manifests into a sculpture garden commission, where 4 carved works, Auricle, are attentive to and emanate the essence of his vision. Through Debora Alanna’s sculpture, produced at Edmonton’s Durabond facility while employing their wondrous product, Clare’s visualization enabled hearing the need for this sculptural presence to embody his perceptions, manifesting the interaction between earth-bound seekers of truth.

Auricle - 1 of 4 (night view)

Auricle - 4 of 4

Street view of Auricle - photo by Ron Snider

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Signs of our times

Here's another adventure - sharing observations, this time signs. A group exhibition of  international submissions will take place September 14-19, 2010 at Mobius in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Curated by Jane Hsiaoching Wang.

The call for contributions can be found here:

Submit your Signs!


Have you ever been walking, bicycling, driving, sitting in a bus or train and suddenly seen a sign which made you do a double take? or seen a sign whose meaning escaped you or initially gave you pause and then perhaps you comprehended its meaning or didn't? or a sign which made no sense at all? or a sign that just made you laugh or cry hysterically for some unfathomable reason?

This call is about those puzzling/surreal/emotionally evocative signs of our times. "Of our times" is defined as either drawing from your own personal experience/history or the collective's present, near past or imagined future."
Here's my contribution:

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Belief in Magic

Frogs dominated a creek near my childhood home. Constantly handling these creatures, I believed the myth that my countless warts resulted from this activity. My grandfather explained that wrapping a hand-spun strand of wool around the warts, and burying the fibre on the south side of the house under my bedroom window would remove the unsightly bumps. I allowed his patient hands to circle each bulge, and caringly plant the contaminated strand in a soft earth mound as I watched. Waking the next morning to wart-free hands, my wonder at the results superseded rational nay saying. My appreciation for the magical power of belief in acts of kindness prevails.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Wants and Needs

One blistery winter storm, I asked my grandfather (Avi), Thorvalder to go to the store for much needed glue to complete a school project. Either his deafness or my poor explanation of what I wanted was the reason for his return with dressmaker’s coloured transfer paper, where you could draw on the back and lines of orange, green, purple, blue, yellow or red would show up on fabric. Having braved the blizzard for my benefit, he handed me this prize with his one yellow tooth brimming with accomplished joy. My 8 –year-old heart didn’t have the will to tell him the packet of drawing sheets was not what I asked for. I am recalling this now, remembering that what you think you want is not necessarily what you need.

Monday, May 24, 2010


When reading is a challenge, it sometimes feels like this...

Three is a war

Recently, I have become a member of Global Poets. Here is my latest posting to this site:

(You need to click the image twice to read the poem without distortion.)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Debora Alanna - Relationship - 6 sculptures in progress

Spring by Debora Alanna - a poem for new beginnings

Thunder rarely claps here
light that shone
between us, crescendoing
now a veil of retraint
Polite, the soak of mezzo forte
lightning subverted
Blue eyes rivet
curtailing conversation
to a pont.
A flicker
the unified sky
brushes wind
amongst park trees
held fast by crab-grass
A caw
crowing, mocking
the promise of intensity
held fast.
The song
his voice a fugue
mine a silent opera
opening skyward
rankling, robust
electricity unplugged
dropping rain
Thump pump
cheeks dry
Rock beds
obtaining lichen
little mountains
maintaining structure.
Sad silly symphony
Rest, the wind is planting
Grow slowly, gentle
persevere. Behold!
That clapping sound.
Crow hops and flutters
the pavement pounds
from little footsteps
Crow up
flight is easy
for a crow.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Surrealestate - Mobius Artrages - International Artist List

Mobius (est. 1977), located in Boston MA "is a non-profit, artist-run organization, whose mission is to generate, shape and test experimental art." As part of the event ArtRages, 70 international artists have contributed to the exhibition SurrealEstate. I have been fortunate to be one of these contributors.

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Square walls close inward
slanting out light
straightening hope.

Displaced memories hover
insulating resistance to wholesome thought.

Mouldering bane
Tortuous recall
restricts grace.

Racing through pallid walls
suspended dreams grey
preserving dimness.

Reckless solo banter subjugates solace
crushing aspiration.

Company is the wayward bug
flying inward
through the gaping screen
defying regulation
to open
unprotected refuge...
insect thwarts total isolation.

work collects dusty melancholy.
Stalled: industry

Monday, April 19, 2010

My reviews at Exhibit-v

 As a regular contributor to the Exhibit-v blog 'Write-ups' section, I have the privilege of interviewing artists in Victoria, BC, and learning about their art practice. Exhibit-v has posted my reviews of some work shown locally:

Exhibit-v promotes artists in Victoria by listing current art exhibitions and art galleries. Through video clips of shows, artist interviews and commentary on the Exhibit-v blog, podcasts and Facebook exposure, this virtual compendium of media is Victoria's indispensable cultural information source. From the Exhibit-v website, you can also access the blog, as well as a calendar for openings ~ interviews for the Victoria, BC and area art community, and art enthusiasts. A great site!

Thursday, April 08, 2010


Exhibit-v  is how we find out what art is showing in Victoria, BC. The Exhibit-v blogExhibit-v website and Exhibit-v Facebook page is our most expedient way of finding out what is going on in this Capitol's art scene.  Efren Quiroz  informs us about openings, on-going exhibits and documents the shows and artist's point of view with his videography.

The Exhibit-v website is sleek and very userfriendly platform for showcasing Victoria, BC's art and events provocatively and faithfully.

"Exhibit-v provides an extensive monthly calendar of openings,ongoing art exhibitions and the most reliable list of art galleries in the community. Video clips of exhibitions and the people attending the events, as well as interviews with artists will enhance exposure for these visual arts events."

Write-Ups! features reviews of exhibitions that are current on the Exhibit-v blog.  John Luna and Debora Alanna (that's me) as well as other TBA contributors share our insights in this ambitious and commendable on-line venture that celebrates and promotes artists in Victoria.

The Exhibit-v FB Fan page conveniently and comprehensively announces Victoria's art events, widening the public awareness of how to participate in this thiving art scene. Thank you, Efren!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Debora Alanna - Some of my sculpture featured on this site... Although thi site is limited to a few sculpture works, my art practice is more diverse. Yet, I am compelled to allow this sculptural practise to 'float' to the forefront, as I find sculpture adresses the unspoken, unadulterated discovery of internal clarity.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Finding Direction   Pastel - 8" x 10"

  Ascension           Pastel - 8" x 10

2 works of mine are part of the group exhibit produced by the 
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria called "Look". 
This show runs through the month of March 2010. 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"A Book About Death"

These two works have been reduced to 4" x 6" postcards and mailed to 
"A Book About Death" for the exhibition at the                                      MUBE in Brazil
Museu Brasileiro da Escultura                                            
Av. Europa, 218São Paulo - Brasil

This contribution appears on their blog:

Friday, January 29, 2010

Corbu - Space, Light, Order

Le Corbusier (Corbu) quotes (Swiss architect and city planner, whose designs combine the functionalism of the modern movement with a bold, sculptural expressionism.  1887-1965) :
“To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.”
“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”
"Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep"
Memory is eidetic, thinking back to my Corbu experience, almost 14 years ago.
This link (above) begins to describe a part of my soul's formation and how Corbusier had a hand in this. 

Randy Shear of ShearDesigns, posted the third quote listed above to his Facebook page. Robert Winslow, sculptor/painter commented. I also posted a comment. These FB contributions discuss the concept of order.  I learned there is an architectural order that is referred to by Corbu, and this inherent order is beyond my capacity to emulate. I can embrace that capacity in others, especially because Corbusier, author of this quote, has provided a profound living memory through his order, his space and light that continues to structure my life. More, I am grateful for social networking to revive this memory, its impact and further develop its consequence. 

Villa Sarabhai is a "treasure chest of living". Here, Corbusier incised space through architectural order amplifying light and enabling energetic connectivity. I remember rooms merging and ceilings expanding, surprising spaces presenting opportunities for congregating and repose, eating, sleeping and reflection. Pouncing and dancing of juxtapositions that engaged and cuddled, that invited and developed a magical space of contrapuntal rhapsody. There was a comforting weight of solidity, windows of intrigue and mystifying integration of landscape that cradled the walls. Breathing with anticipation, each corner, every turn revealed an new way of thinking, allowed integrity of beauty to expand. The many artists that lived and worked in this home must have felt this, from the explosive production of art they left for Sarabhai. 

W.B. Yeats described the 'space between' in a poem I once read. The title of this poem title escapes me, however, the experience he epitomized refers to the energy that is created between people, their experience of each other, what they create by interacting, feeling, and all that people do together. Corbu's Villa Sarabhai orders space and light,  encouraging this dynamic. The intoxication, a love affair with his architecture is intensified by the order.  I don't know if I heard the cacophony of Paradise Flycatchers, Magpie Robins and Malabar Whistling Thrushes or the mimicry of Racket-tailed Drongos. I do know that teasing monkeys in the canopy of tall trees were likely oblivious to my presence. Whether Areca Nut, Mango or some other variety is of no matter. I am overjoyed to be a participant in the effervescence that Courbousier created. 

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Poetic soul, sculptor's sensibilities, abstract thought process, sensual underpinnings, visionary meanderings... I am in a vortex of discombobulation. The equation for making art work with a monetary outcome eludes me. I need help!  Any suggestions that this universe will impart would be welcome. Please write: d_alanna@  Thank you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Collective Works Gallery and Dogwood Initiative

I have been accepted as a guest artist for the group show at
Collective Works Gallery with Dogwood Initiative.

Above, is what I will be contributing to this show:

Friday, January 29th.
7-9 pm at 1311 Gladstone Ave.
Fernwood. Victoria, BC Canada.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Debora Alanna - Saatchi Gallery - Online

Here's my profile at the Saatchi online gallery. This presents an overview of my work to date. The pictures are not entirely in sequential order. The descriptions of the work may enable a further glimpse into my work practice.

Monday, January 25, 2010

More marker drawings - Preliminary development of installations

These drawings are beginnings of a complex installations.
Materials are chosen tofurther develop the concept.
Size is determined by location.
These works would be composed of light (type to be determined),
glass and metal. Possibly other materials would be integrated,
depending on the size and location of the final work.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Prelude to sculpture drawings

Here's some drawings that are preliminary ideas that may become sculpture or installations. Some themes are reflected previous work.  New drawings replenish the concepts. This is a way to start thinking about making new work. The minimal colour allows concentration on form.

Friday, January 15, 2010

"When I let my life speak, it says to me..."

Created 13 January 2010

Royal Roads University - ESA program
Post forest walk, facilitated by Hilary Leighton, Director, Continuing Studies
Jargon juxtaposed

with composted fellings
stretched and striated.

Brambles of thought
entangled, jangling

Clarity shrieks
and clearings emerge
with gatherings of saplings
glistening and swaying
gently in sun kissed

Bridge that expanse
of field and furrow
including doubt
and sorrow
to saturate beyond
sunlight’s marrow
wrinkled water’s
agitation burrows.

Incising, exorcising
percolating musically
with brisk and unrelenting
nervousness, daunting taunting
cajoling, reminding and imploring that fun is fine

Fun is mirth and breath.

Festivities of silence feast
on absence of vision
regaling whiffs of rancour
begs for indifference.

Release the light.
Lift the dream.
Endanger the debilitation.
Enable the laughter.
Provide simplicity -


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday Pastels

This is my Sunday output. Haven't used pastels in years. Kinda fun.