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Alyssa Kaboskey

The artist on finding inspiration in antique floral bouquets, miniatures & elements of the horror genre

Alyssa Kaboskey, Self Care, acrylic on panel, 24

Alyssa Kaboskey, Self Care, acrylic on panel, 24" x 18", 2018

To start, tell us about yourself. What’s your background & how did you get into making art?
I’m a 22 year old in Milwaukee fresh out of college with a bachelor of fine arts. My love for art has been evident since my preschool days, but I didn’t truly find a voice in painting until I took it more seriously and started seeing it as the driving force for my life and decisions.

Alyssa Kaboskey, Psycho Banana, acrylic on panel, 12

Alyssa Kaboskey, Psycho Banana, acrylic on panel, 12" x 12", 2018

What are you currently working?
My newest body of work is for a show I have in the fall. It’s mainly an exploration of the video game Grand Theft Auto, with some current pop culture references added in. I’m following a similar line of thought as my recent thesis work, so the paintings will be reminiscent of the vaporwave aesthetic mixed with the feeling of a scrapbook page.

Alyssa Kaboskey, Guilt 2, acrylic on panel, 24

Alyssa Kaboskey, Guilt 2, acrylic on panel, 24" x 18", 2018

Where do you go to discover new work or find inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from my immediate surroundings or elements that come up a lot in my daily life. I like to observe and record so that leads me to focus on what’s immediately accessible and of interest; I’m mainly drawn to antique floral bouquets, miniatures, and elements of the horror genre.

I rely on
my intuition
to guide most
of my choices

Alyssa Kaboskey

Is your process project based or do you take a broad approach to your practice?
I like to take a broad approach to my artwork; I rely on my intuition to guide most of my choices and my gut to tell me when to stop.

Alyssa Kaboskey Studio, 2019

Alyssa Kaboskey Studio, 2019

Alyssa Kaboskey Studio, 2019

Alyssa Kaboskey Studio, 2019

What is a typical studio day like for you?
I’ll wake up by my cat begging me for breakfast, then slowly wake up over a coffee and youtube, and then get into painting. After that there isn’t much rhyme or reason, I’ll just go until my back hurts.

Alyssa Kaboskey, Documentation, acrylic on panel, 20

Alyssa Kaboskey, Documentation, acrylic on panel, 20" x 16", 2018

Alyssa Kaboskey, Conclusion 2, acrylic on panel, 4' x 4', 2019

Alyssa Kaboskey, Conclusion 2, acrylic on panel, 4' x 4', 2019

What methods do you find most productive in promoting your work?
As of now, Instagram is my favorite platform. It’s immediate and current, and where everyone I know is. Of course, applying for and participating in shows is the classic way to get your work out there.

Alyssa Kaboskey, Conclusion 1, acrylic on panel, 4' x 4', 2019

Alyssa Kaboskey, Conclusion 1, acrylic on panel, 4' x 4', 2019

Alyssa Kaboskey, A Little Help, acrylic on panel, 18

Alyssa Kaboskey, A Little Help, acrylic on panel, 18" x 24", 2018

Do you have upcoming shows or events you would like to share?
I have a solo show at Gluon Gallery in Milwaukee starting the end of September that will include my most recent work-

Alyssa Kaboskey is and artist based in Milwaukee. She was recently shortlisted for The Hopper Prize. To learn more about the artist:

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