Alana Fitzgerald

I make both useful and transcendent artifacts, living spaces, clothing, and jewelry as well as visionary paintings, drawings and digital collages of mysterious magical and natural forces, spaces, places and objects. In 2008 I was awarded the honor of attending the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, a residency program in the forests of the Berkshires which inspired me to one day facilitate an artist residency and/or retreat of my own.

I graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2009 with a BFA in Fine Art. Since then I have exhibited in group and solo shows in NYC and Philadelphia, worked with children and in the film and fine art world, and travelled the country and world playing music and gathering skills and experiences. I have been a student of permaculture, earth skills and herbal medicine and have studied and practiced herbal medicine in the wise woman tradition for about 12 years. Since 2012 and participating in Swimming Cities’ “Boatel” I have been seeking to create communal, village like scenarios to hold space for my artwork, creating organically shifting community outside of the traditional gallery setting.

Since 2014, I have been the caretaker of Ancient Future Farm, a beautiful and sacred piece of land in the mountains outside of Asheville, NC. Our mission is to foster a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary ceremonial and educational creative environment, providing both a permanent and temporary village for do-it-yourself, environmentally aware and spiritually regenerative creative culture within a healing and nourishing natural landscape.

Guided by spirit and by the elements, I envision bringing together traditional knowledge keepers and indigenous spiritual leaders with artists, makers, healers, builders and everyone in-between; those who are committed to the path of healing, raising consciousness and individual and collective vibration, and sharing knowledge with the intention of living in integrity with the land on all levels: spiritual, emotional, mental and physical.

Recycled Art/Nature Art Workshop

For better or worse, trash is becoming one of our most plentiful “natural” resources. How can we tap into our resourcefulness to create beauty, transforming common household materials (such as the maligned and ubiquitous Plastic Grocery Bag) from waste into decoration and useful objects? We will explore this and create two group projects- one artificial and one natural- which will decorate the land as sculptural site specific installations. Materials: Found Branches, Plastic grocery bags. Bring all that you have from home.