Alessandra Acierno American, b. 1994



currently lives and works in Cape Town, SA


Acierno is a female artist specialising in 2D media. Conceptually, the ‘encounter’ is central within her work – an encounter with a stranger, a brutal or absurd encounter. The essence is the meeting point, the tension of two units crossing paths, and the power dynamic implicit in this brief contact. For Acierno, the painting itself is a moment of encounter. Within its boundaries, once-familiar objects and places shift, assuming alien qualities. Kafka’s Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams and found himself in his home, but entirely transformed. It is this metamorphosis, this state of slippage, that occupies my her work.