Pen, ink + acrylic paint on card
© 2013 Helena Barnes
Artist Name: Andrea Kozma
Untitled. Mixed media on stretched canvas, 2013.
Thornton Walker. Georgetown series, 2012.
Charcoal and oil on canvas
When visual artist Alana Dee Haynes traces her detailed line art onto a photograph, she creates something unique, natural and close to magical. Through patterned drawings echoing her devotion to detail, Haynes redefines the photograph in ways that are delicate yet also irrefutably edgy.
The New York-based artist injects editorial photographs with shots of charisma and attitude, through an imaginative use of thin, brilliantly controlled lines and fungi-like circular shapes that spread across an image in oddly organic ways. Whether she uses a piece from a fashion story or a portrait shot, Haynes reworks imagery to convey entirely new narratives, and invites the viewer to share a glimpse of her personal experience of the world.
Haynes’s inclination towards abstraction can be seen through “Whimsical”, a series of pieces in which inanimate elements and human figures mingle with soft colour palettes and tattoo-like designs, forming pieces that are occasionally sensual, often fragile, and always spectacularly refined examples of her creativity.
An interesting aspect about Haynes’s work – what most certainly lends it such an eye-catching quality – is that her often black and white illustrations not only add a complex layer of detail to a photograph, but also become fully integrated within it. Through her work, Haynes establishes beautifully bizarre combinations of realism and surrealism, in impressive displays of her individuality and wild imagination.