Alanna Lawley seeks to absorb her environment’s physical terms, creating site-specific architectural constructions that masquerade as photographic collages. Her work is about the personal experience of these fragmented spaces that generate experiences of dismissal, seduction and denial. These ‘ante-environments’ that are absent of any direct function and are grounded in the notion of the uncanny, deny the viewer to fully orientate themselves in a specific time or place.
Lawley graduated with a first class honours in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design (2005). She will be an artist in resident at Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn, The Netherlands in 2017. Selected exhibitions include: The Positioning Project #1, Centrum Berlin (2013); sentient, II II // I, Berlin (2013); Architecture as Human Nature, Supermarkt, Berlin (2012); Duett, with Matt Giel, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia (2012); Salon09, Matt Roberts Arts, London (2009); Creekside Open, Mark Wallinger selection, APT Gallery, London (2009).
All of me, 10,000 Lux for you (Full Spectrum (anti S.A.D) light box with UV for Vitamin D synthesis)
All of me, 10,000 Lux for you plays with full spectrum lighting used in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) or Winterdepression. Through her construction, Lawley attempts to reverse the increase in Melatonin and reduction in Serotonin production processes that can cause depression in the winter months due to lack of light.
Exploring the contradiction of an architecture designed to provide assistance, she plays with the balance of curing the disorder and causing insomnia due to overstimulation.
The site-specific construction plays with mediated and shifting experiences of repulsion, seduction and denial of access, fostering an ultimate feeling of uncertainty.