Allegra J. Bick-Maurischat
History + Mythology
My work is primarily concerned with an image of American masculinity embedded in the popular culture of the past. Motivated by deep-rooted connections and lifelong interests, I seek to unravel personal and national histories, particularly the mythologies of the American West, and the U.S military.
I mine old photographs, newspapers and other discarded print material- ephemeral things whose story continues to resonate as time passes. Closely reproducing this material is a labor of love, and my hope is not to merely replicate that which already exists, but to look closely and honestly at these forgotten and abandoned things. It is during this delicate process of replication that a relationship develops between the object of study, the painting, and myself. I am continually intrigued by, and often held captive to, the humble details that reveal themselves in this act of looking. By exploring the gaps and connections between history and mythology, object and observer, I strive to tease out a subtler story than the one evident on the page.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Allegra received her BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she was the recipient of the President’s Artistic Merit Scholarship and the Ivan Madrakoff Materials Award. Allegra’s work has been shown in numerous local exhibitions, featured in two solo shows in downtown San Jose, CA, commissioned for independent film, and included in various creative collaborations. Public collections include San Jose Downtown Doors, and The United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. She recently completed a year-long residency at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, CA.
Allegra currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.