Alloy Pittsburgh is a unique visual and performing arts project co-founded by Pittsburgh artists Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis. The project was developed in collaboration with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Alloy Pittsburgh offers 15 artists from the greater Pittsburgh region the opportunity to develop temporary site-based artworks for the Carrie Furnace National Historic Landmark.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

2015 Participating Artist: Alyssa Kail

Alyssa recently moved to Pittsburgh after spending several years in Portland, OR. Find out more about how a changing landscapes inspires her art!

Name: Alyssa Kail
Hometown: Warren, PA
Current location: Braddock, PA

Artist Statement: For the past few years, I have carried with me a large, industrial spool of neon orange polyester thread and employed this thread in various installations, tethering to the built environment to line draw in space. Neon vectors and bifurcations direct the eye and disrupt the known interior and exterior landscape. Exaggerated angles and false horizons force a new perspective and understanding of the body in space and scale. The color of this thread at first appears to be not from nature -- It is cautionary, manufactured, synthetic. Contemplation reveals its connection to the natural world in extreme conditions, sun, fire, and molten minerals. 

Understanding our world through a lens of previous experience and past knowledge, my work seeks to obfuscate prescribed use value of space and materiality, utilizing existing architecture and unconventional materials in site specific installations and sculptures. Embracing resourcefulness, I wish to highlight the potential of that which already exists.



See some of Alyssa's digital short clips Here

Alyssa Kail. String Iterations

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