Wanderlust: Iceland by Jasmine Alleger
Exhibition Dates: April 4-29
First Friday: April 6, 5-9
Reception: Sunday April 8, 12-4
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5PM
Recently Alleger's work incorporates her travels and she has begun a series of projects entitled Wanderlust for each locale that she visits. She asks herself "What happens when I step out of my daily routine and step into the unknown?" Travel allows her the opportunity to slow down and observe a new culture and speculate about daily life there.
Her newest series Wanderlust: Iceland is a yearlong reflection of how a once sleepy little village has been flooded by visitors. She embraces the beauty of the landscape and quaint homes, while grappling with the impact tourism has had on the country. While speculating on daily life in Reykjavik, the capital and largest city, she was confronted with the realization that the entire city was consumed with the tourism industry. Its cultural identity was being over shadowed by a need to cater to its visitors. Development brought benefits but also negatives like rising costs and need to maintain new infrastructure. What will happen if and when this bubble bursts?
Jasmine Alleger has a MFA in Studio Art, 2013 from Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA and a BS in Drawing and Painting, 2010 from Portland State University Portland, OR.