Alana Crawley is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Seattle. She was born in Denver, spent her adolescent years in Southern California, and eventually moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend University of Washington, where she received Bachelors degrees in both Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and Communication in 2016.
Alana is a founding member of the Losers Art Collective, which focuses on independently creating alternative exhibitions that are accessible, engaging, and fun. When she is not making art, Alana enjoys baking, gardening, and exploring planet Earth with her friends and family.
As an artist, I am inspired by the human condition, with particular focus on the unique role that struggle plays in each of our lives. Do we choose to succumb to our struggles, cope with them, or attempt to overcome?
Although some may argue that I present “dark imagery,” my work is actually very optimistic in nature. I attempt to show humans in a positive light: each of us has the capacity to create good no matter how troubled we may be. Struggle, though it may manifest differently in each of our lives, is a shared experience that connects us all.
I come from a long line of artists and makers, but never developed an interest in visual arts until I was in high school. Battling depression, art became an escape and a critical outlet for expression, one that ultimately allowed me to overcome my mental and emotional struggles.
I explore the theme of humanity’s struggles through a variety of mediums, but my heart resonates with performance art and different printmaking techniques, such as cyanotype and monotype. I enjoy stimulating multiple senses in my work by incorporating tactile, auditory, and olfactory elements in conjunction with visual elements to create a more complete and immersive experience for viewers. It is my hope that my work will remind us all that there are so many more things that make us the same than make us different.