Alissa GossOakland, CA
From as far back as I can recall I have been attracted to making things. As a child, I often turned to make believe to satisfy my creativity. Today in art making I use the same principles to create my work. I find inspiration in natural occurring repetitive patterns in cells, spores, bacteria, disease, flora and fungi. These influences are abstracted and recreated into intimate objects and presented for close observation.
Although not immediately recognizable, I explore the ideas of home and domesticity in my works. The symbolic gesture of relationships and making a home is executed by each sculpture or installation purposefully inhabiting their environments. I often allude to this by delineating a space with a color coordinating background or the arrangement of installed works interacting with one another.
Each artwork I make is influenced by the one before, creating a noticeable evolution. My recurring color pallet is a theme of greens, pinks and oranges, which I attribute to the Southern California natural & urban landscapes where I grew up.
Alissa Goss is an American artist who grew up in Los Angeles, CA. Nostalgic for the make-believe of childhood play, she creates imagined creatures and objects in clay. Her current body of work explores process, happenstance, improvisation and spontaneity. Goss studied Ceramics and Sculpture at the California College of the Arts where she graduated in 2009 with a BFA. Her works in clay have been featured in many on-line design publications including: ReadyMade, Design Sponge and Design Milk. She exhibits her work nationally, most notably: Berkeley Art Center (CA), The Compound Gallery (CA), The Richmond Art Center (CA), Zza's Wine Bar Gallery (CA), the Museo Biblioteca Henostrosa, (Oaxaca, MEX) and the American Craft Council Show (MD).