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Alana Dee Haynes

17th Jan 2014

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Drawing has always been a sense of meditation for Alana Dee Haynes, perhaps even cathartic. Seeing faces and patterns everywhere everyday, which she then illustrates onto photos, enables Alana to share her experiences and vision with the world.

At first glance, you may think that her mixed-media work appears as if flippant doodles on photographs from editorials and magazines - something similar to what many of us probably would have done absent-mindedly when younger. However take a closer look and the connection between the two, the original image and her hand drawings, suddenly reveals itself as incredibly powerful and harmonious. Through a series of intricate actions, Alana Dee Haynes transforms photographs with delicate pen strokes. A collection of photographs serves as the artist’s canvas to examine the human form and opportunity to apply texture and further depth, elevating this everyday action into one of the most beautiful forms of art.

A common theme in her pieces is a fascination with anatomy. The artist says, "Anatomy has always been a very large part of my view of the world. I love the way things fit together, pop out, and flow. I dissect the ripples of the body through lines. Then I choose my convex or concave lines based on the shapes I want to enhance. Illustrating on faces is always my favorite part. The face can be so delicate, and extreme when lines come into play. The simplicity of drawing a line under the cheekbone defines that face as blush would. And like makeup, there is a soft line that can be crossed between fashionable, and clown. The striped pants were the jumping off point in my illustration. The conversation between the image and myself is so important. If I can’t converse with a photograph naturally, it ends in disaster; my lines need the nutrients of the image beneath to grow."

Experimenting with her own style over years, Alana believes that her work is a combination of different things but all the while a very personal experience. "I have been watching my lines divide and concur like fungi, and my interpretation as an outsider to a photograph. Everyone has their own take on life, and my work is mine."