Artist Statement

To regard is an act of aligning with reality. It’s at once grounding, yet completely disruptive to the stories in our heads. Through acts of regard, we can locate our true selves, connect more honestly with others, and put aside bias in favour of curiosity. To regard is an act of power, particularly in the face of disregard, contempt, or power-over. I believe that regard transforms. Because if you really look, what you look at changes. And more importantly, the choice to look will change you. My work is an exploration of this theme through painting, photography, and live participatory experiences. 

My paintings are a mix of abstract colour and portraiture. The expressive backgrounds bleed into the foreground, emphasizing and underpinning the expression on the subject’s face. This creates a blurring of the boundaries where the external landscape lends the viewer insight into the subject’s rich inner landscape.  

About the Artist

Alyssa Burtt is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist from Vancouver, Canada. She learned her technique “Acrílico Modificado” or “Modified Acrylic” at the Center for Residences and Artistic Research ( CRIA ) in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico during an informal artist residency in 2013. She has a BFA from the University of British Columbia in painting, photography, and digital arts, and she has been drawing and painting portraits and figures since she was in grade school. Alyssa invites regard as a commitment and practice through all her work. She believes in the power of regard as a generative antidote to disregard, contempt, and power-over.

Alyssa is also the founder of Brave Narrative, a brand and business strategy consultancy that helps visionary entrepreneurs uncover and communicate their brave story for impact with the audiences that matter.