Alyssa Casey www.alyssacasey.com
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Having majored in Fine Art and Biology and minored in Geography at UC Berkeley, Alyssa Casey is passionate about drawing, papermaking, teaching, science, and travel. Through studies with papermaking masters Victoria Rabal in apellades, Spain, Roberto Mannino in Rome, Italy, Professor Kamori in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Paul Wong of Dieu Donne Papermill in New York, she has gained experience with many papermaking techniques and fabers, including abaca, cotton, eucalyptus, hemp, linen, sisal, pine, sugar cane, and recycled paper. These experiences are synthesized into site-specific works, collages, drawings, sculptures, and localized papermaking workshops using, for example, garden hosta in Massachusetts and cornhusks in central California.
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Among other international and national venues, Casey's work has been shown in Works of Art on Paper at the Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, new Jersey, curated by Carter Foster of the Whitney Museum Department of Drawings, and in Furthermore - The 8th Biennial Exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, curated by Lilly Wei. Awards include two first place honors for drawing from the Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival, Newport News, Virginia, 2005 and 2007, an honorable mention for the handmade paper sculpture, Llibre (Book), from the 7th Biennial - Artwork on Paper, in Sant Pere De Riudebittles, Spain, 2012, and a grant from the U Embassy, Department of Cultural Affairs, in Lisbon to complete the drawing project, California - Alentejo, shown at Escrita na Paisagem, Festival of Performance Art in Evora, Portugal, 2007. Her work is currently on view at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs in Long Island City, New York, as part of the show, Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance, curated by Rebecca Pristoop.
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In 2012, Casey completed a residency at the Museu Moli Paperer de Capellades, a living museum of papermaking in Capellades, Spain and, in 2014/15, participated in three residencies in Fjellerup, Denmark, through the social practice project, Fjellerup i Bund & Grund, by Anna Lise Jensen, where she completed three large-scale works, Fjellerup Strand og Tang, Strandkroen Palimpsest, and Vandmolekyle.
Commissions include illustrating the children's book Nothando's Journey by Jill Manly and, in 2015, receiving a public art commission with collaborator Rosella Morales, through the 42 degrees art agency for the large-scale installation, Bay Colors, at 901 Market St. in San Francisco, as well as a commission from the City of Brentwood to paint two utility boxes, Balfour Packing Shed and Liberty Basketball.
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Casey lives and works in the San Francisco bay area and is part of the Bay Area Based art collective, "sub-set" with Hope Amico, Elizabeth Boyne, and Rebecca Redman.