Alli Bratt is a mixed media artist, whose mediums include painting, drawing, and collage incorporating reclaimed materials. Originally from California, Alli received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She has lived and made art in Portland, Oregon, for eleven years. Alli’s work has been shown, both individually and in group shows, in various coffee shops and galleries. Inspiration in her work stems from the natural world, working through grief and depression, and now finding new meaning in her art and life through sobriety. A long-time lover of nature and the environment, her work shifted from more traditional painting styles and techniques, to implementing reclaimed, found, and discarded items that minimize the environmental impact of her work.
I have enjoyed creating art from a young age, but it was not until college that I really started to use art-making as a form of therapy and catharsis. As my work has evolved, I am inspired by the natural world, the tiny veins and branches of flora, and how we are all connected and affected by the things that surround us. My mixed media art investigates our relationship with the natural world, and is curious about the connection of all things. I use it as a form of emotional release for my own personal growth, an outlet for my grief and frustrations, and a way to creatively put together often discarded items. I am interested in our impact on this world and how our choices affect the environment we live in. Inspired by plant life, botanicals, vintage items, reclaimed wood, and small bits and pieces, I am captivated by how these things can be put together to create art. By still considering the formal elements of art-making, including composition, color, depth, and style, I am able to create pieces that both reflect my inner world and hopefully connect to others’ emotions. More recently, I am on a self discovery journey, finding peace through being sober, and using therapy and investigating psychology to delve deeper inside.