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Laura DAlessandro

"As Above, So Below. As Within, So Without. As the Universe, So the Soul." 

Hermes Trismegistus

After going through treatment for a life threatening illness, I was forced to reflect upon and re-evaluate my life and my artwork. Surely, there had to be a "reason" for surviving cancer—it could not have been for nothing, could it?, I wondered. I could see the lessons in the experience for myself, and then I began to see lessons in everything—all my days and my nights were full of symbols, synchronicities and messages to decode. Of course, what we believe about ourselves and our lives translates into our outer experience of the world. Do we ever stop to question what we believe and why? How many labels/stereotypes have other people put onto us, that we agree to? Once we strip these away, and also realize that our physical bodies are constantly changing and not permanent, then could we not see what lies beyond—how we are all connected in community—connected in energy—and that we can create our own magic. We all have stardust within us.

My new photo constructions explore these themes—physical impermanence verse interconnectedness to all; the magic and mystery of dreams; as well as the synchronistic details within our lives as we evolve and change constantly. I have continued to work within my photo construction format—small dioramas, or "stage sets," where my characters act out this inner/outer dialog. I have also been creating work around the idea of the shadow self—the darkness verses the light, that we all have within. I have been using automatic writing/opposite-hand drawing to tap into my subconsciousness for clues. I layer organic materials onto my characters to represent the layers we accumulate—using every day substances such as mud, wine, ash, gold dust…we are everything and everything is us.Laura D'Alessandro is a Cleveland-born fine art photographer, writer, and educator.

Upon completion of her BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art, she earned her MFA at The School of Visual Arts NYC. Laura taught art and art history at New Orleans' Nunez College and Photo Safari workshops in the French Quarter. 

Laura's photography is included in numerous private and museum/institutional collections in Cleveland and throughout the country. Currently, she is one of the directors of the Cleveland Photo Fest, established in 2019.

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FEBRUARY ARTIST

Laura DAlessandro

"As Above, So Below. As Within, So Without. As the Universe, So the Soul." 

Hermes Trismegistus

After going through treatment for a life threatening illness, I was forced to reflect upon and re-evaluate my life and my artwork. Surely, there had to be a "reason" for surviving cancer—it could not have been for nothing, could it?, I wondered. I could see the lessons in the experience for myself, and then I began to see lessons in everything—all my days and my nights were full of symbols, synchronicities and messages to decode. Of course, what we believe about ourselves and our lives translates into our outer experience of the world. Do we ever stop to question what we believe and why? How many labels/stereotypes have other people put onto us, that we agree to? Once we strip these away, and also realize that our physical bodies are constantly changing and not permanent, then could we not see what lies beyond—how we are all connected in community—connected in energy—and that we can create our own magic. We all have stardust within us.

My new photo constructions explore these themes—physical impermanence verse interconnectedness to all; the magic and mystery of dreams; as well as the synchronistic details within our lives as we evolve and change constantly. I have continued to work within my photo construction format—small dioramas, or "stage sets," where my characters act out this inner/outer dialog. I have also been creating work around the idea of the shadow self—the darkness verses the light, that we all have within. I have been using automatic writing/opposite-hand drawing to tap into my subconsciousness for clues. I layer organic materials onto my characters to represent the layers we accumulate—using every day substances such as mud, wine, ash, gold dust…we are everything and everything is us.Laura D'Alessandro is a Cleveland-born fine art photographer, writer, and educator.

Upon completion of her BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art, she earned her MFA at The School of Visual Arts NYC. Laura taught art and art history at New Orleans' Nunez College and Photo Safari workshops in the French Quarter. 

Laura's photography is included in numerous private and museum/institutional collections in Cleveland and throughout the country. Currently, she is one of the directors of the Cleveland Photo Fest, established in 2019.

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