© Copyright Alessandra Kelley
"Unknowable Death" was commissioned to be the cover of a magic realism mystery novel.
In the story a child discovers a relative murdered in the vestibule of his home and retreats into a fantasy world of allegorical city architecture. It is unclear in the book whether the child has gone mad or is actually wandering through other worlds.
The photographs are my own work. My son was the model. The painting is egg tempera on panel, carefully matching the perspective of the photograph. I find I really enjoy the geometries of playing with perspective and illusionistic spaces.
The buildings are heavily influenced by modernist Chicago buildings with a nod to the 1970s brutalism of New York City public spaces.