About the Artist

Alyssa Dolleschal is a printmaker and painter from Southern California. Born of Mexican and German descent; their imagery frequently reflects their Mexican heritage. Alyssa grew up in Los Angeles county where Chicano culture is prominent and proud. Their work focuses on the exploration of culture through familiar iconography. Alyssa received their Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in printmaking from Northern Arizona University. They have a love for all things printmaking especially Intaglio and Lithography.

Artist Statement

     My artwork is a representation of my culture through my perspective. A limited perspective due to assimilation imposed on my parents and grandparents. For many, food is an important connection to their culture. I utilize this connection through my work.

     My imagery frequently relates to my Mexican heritage, as that is the side of my family I grew up closest to. My maternal grandfather, a Bracero railroader, Immigrated from Zacatecas, México, and brought the family to East Los Angeles. My father born in Berlin, Germany even grew up surrounded by Chicano culture; he immigrated here at age 4. It's all I've ever known and at the same time I feel like I've never known enough. My parents like many from their generation didn't pass down their language, it was deemed unnecessary. They were taught to assimilate into American culture, where your proximity to whiteness would bring better opportunities. Throughout childhood I was constantly told "be proud of your European last name, it looks better on your resume." I barely know anything about that side of me. The only constant for me has been the foods I grew up with and my mother's family here. Childhood memories of big birthday parties, piñatas; drunk, loud Tíos, and the Catholic Church. We were a Mexican-American stereotype. I've translated that into my work by depicting stereotypical brands, labels, and anything common in my household as modern still lifes.

     In addition to kitchen and food objects, various animal subjects often recur in my compositions. Adding these subjects to my work make it feel like more than just a still life; it adds a lightheartedness to the piece, as well as a bizarre humor to it.

     Through my work I intend to keep exploring my culture and the complex ways I navigate society through it. To what extent does our race make us our culture? Furthermore, how many of us cling to stereotypes within our own culture as a desperate attempt to feel connected?