Alyssa Baguss’s practice explores mediated natural environments through drawing processes. Her work has been exhibited in the Twin Cities and regionally, including Augsburg College Christensen Center Art Gallery, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Soo Visual Arts Center, and Rosalux Gallery. Baguss has worked as a teaching artist and artist in residence with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts youth programming, Minneapolis Public School system’s Art for Academic Achievement residency programs, and with various art organizations in the Twin Cities including the Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, the Rochester Art Center, and Public Arts St. Paul.
Wanderlust is the strong or irresistible impulse to travel and explore. It is often driven by the desire to escape and leave behind the familiar to experience the unknown world. The internet has allowed us to wander to unfamiliar lands never having to leave the comfort and safety of our homes. Travel anywhere via Google Earth, experience other worlds through NASA satellites and daydream quietly while pristine images of the landscapes scroll through our screensavers. I am interested in how technology influences the way we experience the natural world. My practice examines this digital “wanderlust”.
This new medium of virtual navigation is exchanging an actual experience for an abstraction of experience forming new habits of thought and behavior about the natural world. This technological window results in a setting that has become literally flat to many of us. It is this “intangible” experience of the landscape that interests me as an artist. Acknowledging this transition from natural phenomena to intellectual conception, I see our relationship with the natural landscape becoming distant and foreign.