Originally from from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Alana MacDougall is an artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Alana graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in 2014 and with a graduate degree in Fine Art from the Pratt Institute in 2016.
Drawing on personal experiences with the medical system, Alana’s sculptures discuss the fragility and vulnerability of the human body. The intersection of organic and industrial materials speak to medical intervention – an invading and manipulation of the body by something foreign. This uncomfortable contrast alludes to the psychological impact of pushing through the body’s barriers. Invented systems are pulled taut or sag under the weight of the forms they suspend. Ceramic forms are interlaced or punctured with industrial cable, cords, or steel wire recalling probing, stinting or sutures. The sculptures use physical weight and tension as metaphors for psychological tension or anxiety. Suspended by tense cords, they test the limits of the materials, creating systems which are vulnerable but enduring. Varied corporeal forms represent the evolution of understanding an imagined interior mass. She explores interior to exterior relationships and use hollow forms to represent internal masses and pathways.