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.