Artist of the Day / Sarah Allegra / Los Angeles, CA

“My name is Sarah Allegra. I am a conceptual, fine art photographer and self-portrait artist in Los Angeles.

I take photos to tell stories, to show raw emotions, and to move my audience. I am heavily inspired by fairy tales, myths, legends, the Pre Raphaelites, current music and books I read.

I love to portray strong female characters who take matters into their own hands; who do not wait to be rescued. But above all, I love to bring realistic characters characters to life.”

“Aerials, in the sky, When you lose small mind, You free your life.
I am often inspired by music, and the song Aerials by System Of A Down inspired this photo.”

“This self portrait was inspired by the Wax Mannequin song Dustboy’s New Machine.”

“This photo is beginning a new series for me, one based on my struggles with having chronic fatigue. It’s largely not well understood, by both the medical community and the population at large.”

“This photo gets its inspiration from Tennyson’s epic poen The Lady Of Shalott. I took this in my bathtub which I filled partially with milk and dumped in a ton of ribbons and roses from the garden.”

“I recently discovered Emilie Autumn who I sort of wish I could be when I grow up. She wrote a wonderful, dark, dramatic song called Opheliac. The chorus has an intense screaming, fit-throwing quality to it, which I wanted to try and capture in this self portrait.”      


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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2 Responses to Artist of the Day / Sarah Allegra / Los Angeles, CA

  1. susangeckle says:

    It’s amazing that someone with chronic fatigue can create such strong pieces. My hats off to her.

  2. barbaraelka says:

    i really like 5th image….
    again, thank you for posting!!!!!!!!!

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