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Alysha Rocca

Artist member since 2020
Pro
Toronto, Ontario

HELLO!! My name is ALYSHA, I am a Vaughan-born artist, who studied in Toronto at OCAD University, earning a BFA in Drawing and Painting. My creative practice involves an emphasis on textiles, while still labeling my work as paintings. They are paintings to me because I believe that materials are tools to paint with. I try to be a sustainable artist in my practice by using recycled materials or found objects. Covid-19 has impacted my practice by pushing me to use recycled materials because I was unable to go purchase new materials in-store, as the arts were deemed "nonessential." But art is ESSENTIAL, art is NOT DEAD, and art is needed to transform and rebuild our communities. During the first lockdown of Covid-19, I asked my friends and family to donate their materials to me and I was overwhelmed by the amount of support and materials that were donated. Textiles have become a major factor in my work; I try to connect with my generational history, as my Nonna was a seamstress in Italy. I found that fabric was very forgiving and I wanted to be like fabric: fluid, forgiving, and malleable. I am now trying to make a ZERO WASTE practice by reducing, reusing, and recycling materials. All works are an eco-friendly medley of fine art, craft art, and sustainable art.


Work

Coiled
  • Alysha Rocca
  • 9" x 9" x 1"
  • $275 buy — $35 try
Fancy
  • Alysha Rocca
  • 10" x 10" x 1"
  • $350 buy — $45 try
It's Dripping
  • Alysha Rocca
  • 48" x 48" x 1"
  • $5000 buy — $375 try

Inside the Studio


Q+A

Beverage of choice

Iced Coffee for the summer. Egg Nog Latte for the winter.

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Thinking about art (yes, ART really consumes my life)

Which piece of art you've created is your favourite, and why?

ALL OF THEM! I love them all

Who do you consider a genius?

My dog

Only thing you need when you leave the house

Vaseline

What do you listen to when you work?

DM me and I'll send you my playlist on Apple Music. Some indie music, rap, and occasionally the Shrek soundtrack

MOST VIEWED
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Upcoming Exhibitions
2021-11-15

Civic Centre Resource Library, Vaughan
The Social Bubble

Select Past Exhibitions
2020

Beechwood Doughnuts, St. Catherine's
Feature Artist

2020

Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto
Drawing and Painting Class of 2020

2019

OCAD University, Toronto
Toronto Biennial of Art

2019

Niagara Artist Centre, Niagara
Piece of Mind

2019

Artscape, Toronto
Prequel

2018

Niagara Artist Centre, Niagara
Small Feats

2020

OCAD University, Toronto
GradEx 105

2021

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Online
Portraits of Resilience

Accolades
2020

Alysha Rocca
Patricia Joy Alpert Memorial Award

2021

Alysha Rocca
YRAC Microgrant

Education
2020

OCAD University
Drawing and Painting

2017

Brock University
Visual Arts

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