Alicia Jean Vanderelli
32″ x 36″
Oil on canvas
Alicia Jean “AJ” Vanderelli was born in Los Angeles California and was raised in Panama City, Florida. After graduating high school in 1993, Alicia left the small beach community in search of one that provided the comforts found in a small town and the diversity of a city. In 2003, she settled in Columbus Ohio. Alicia obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in oil painting in 2008 from the Columbus College of Art and Design, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
In 2014, Alicia began converting the church at 218 McDowell Street into an alternative gallery space for local visual and performing artists and a personal studio space to create her own work. The Vanderelli Room, located within the Franklinton Arts District, is a multipurpose space used for networking with professional artists, housing a variety of art shows and performances, rental for private parties and events, and as an environment conducive to facilitate a holistic art educational and developmental experience for teen and adult artists with and without developmental disabilities.
“In using circuit boards as my still life subject matter, I am creating figurative works that are tangible metaphors for my past and present,” says Alicia. “The fascination I have with these objects began when I was a small girl. Tiny worlds are locked away within their casings, unnoticed and virtually untouched by man. As I expose these objects, I approach them with mature eyes that look into the past to help guide me. I seek the same bewilderment and excitement that I had as a child.”
Alicia’s piece “Thespians” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of her work at thevanderelliroom.com.