graphite on paper
artwork measures 5" x 6"
framed to 8 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Alyssa Grenning is a visual artist based in southern New Hampshire. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, she received a BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2005 and relocated to Philadelphia, working as a graphic designer and illustrator. In 2013, she moved to the Seacoast area with her now-husband, John Greiner. You can typically find Alyssa drawing in her studio or exploring the woods with her boxer-mix, Goose.
Born into a capitalist society, we are taught from the start to consume. Get a credit card, a car loan—pull yourself up—earn more and make your payments on time, so you can appear worthy enough to accrue even more debt: a mortgage for property that most likely you’ll never fully own. Lured into an unrealistic, unattainable future of wealth and security, many of us live paycheck to paycheck, stuck in jobs and roles we don’t want. We operate on a survival level with hopes that more money will solve the next thing, buy the newer gadget, the better house. With these drawings, my intent was to create a series of structures using residential fencing materials, basing them on the design of primitive fishing traps or "weirs." Obstructions in tidal or river waters, the weirs are created to direct the fish into an area they cannot easily escape. Similarly, we find ourselves trapped in this unfair cycle of consumerism and debt we never chose to inhabit. We find ourselves caught.