Alanna DeRocchi - Collection: Sex, Death and Expectation
Date: Feb 23, 2018 - Apr 1, 2018
- Admission: Included with museum admission
- Location: Anchorage Museum
The works in this exhibition consist of several arrangements of large-scale, freestanding painted ceramic sculptures of animals, bones and objects that Alanna DeRocchi associates with sex, death or expectations through memories of personal experiences during her time in Alaska.
Among her larger works is one titled “Unknown, Backbone,” a piece representing part of a spine of an unknown animal, perhaps a prehistoric creature or a whale. It is displayed on a long, wooden cart on wheels that holds four large ceramic vertebrae. Another piece, “Rider: The Dead Wolf,” is a large-scale still life installation inspired by Jean Baptiste-Oudry’s painting, The Dead Wolf. A centerpiece for the exhibition, the work is displayed on a 10-foot-by-four-foot, steel-framed, plywood table, which sits above a ceramic sculpture of a dead wolf, an erect cactus reaching for a flaccid cactus, and a seal-gut harpoon. Ceramic objects on the table include oysters, a lamp, motorcycle parts, peaches, a Mimbres bowl, large jawbone, various bones, a deer head and a bottle of bourbon. DeRocchi says she is influenced by museum displays of artifacts and taxidermy dioramas, which inspire her to create narratives through observation and speculation. For her, the objects she creates represent significant memories and experiences removed from her daily life. Originally from Petersburg, Illinois, DeRocchi currently works as a ceramics instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Anchorage, AK 99501-3544