My subject matter is based in the natural world, and represents a celebration of that vivacity. Each piece produced is about a certain creature and/or a specific detail of their existence that is interesting and compelling.  My work thus becomes the appreciation of all life’s little complexities.  Much of this intrigue revolves around bugs and insects: creatures I have always found fascinating, but which are largely ignored and considered repulsive by most people.  Drawing attention and beauty to these so-called ‘repulsive’ specimens is my way to display the amazing workings of the Earth, in things both big and small.


One theme that has been a constant throughout my work has been life-cycles.  My work represents the cyclical nature of time and the Earth, showing birth, death, and rebirth.  These define the Earth’s pulse, its natural heartbeat.  While it is easy to show beauty in life, there is also a quiet beauty and dignity in death.  By defining this beauty, it allows another form of rebirth of these ‘dead’ materials, through being born again into art.


© 2020 Alana Tashjian