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St. Charles, IL Artist Releases New Collection Inspired By Tree Canopies

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

Dappled Light #2 (detail), was created using permanent marker and oil-based paint on hand-cut Tyvek; 8-1/4" x 11-3/4"....Scroll down for more...

Local artist Alison Balcanoff will release the “Dappled Light” series, consisting of 12 unframed works measuring 8 ¼” x 12 ¾”. Each piece uses oil-based paint and permanent marker on hand-cut Tyvek. “Dappled Light” was born out of an earlier series Balcanoff calls “Shadowscapes” that consist of long-format paper pieces inspired by the layered shadows of tree canopies. “Dappled Light” changes the format of these “Shadowscapes,” and although still a celebration of shadow-play, explores color and light. Each piece uses the same hand-cut foliaged motifs with variations in palette and composition.

“As someone who typically works with a minimalist palette to highlight negative space and shadow, incorporating color and playing with light-reflecting metallics is a very welcome shift in my visual vernacular that also feels incredibly timely after a very heavy year and a half,” says Alison.

The “Dappled Light” series will be released Monday, November 29, 2021 for Cyber Monday with special pricing offered to subscribers of Balcanoff’s newsletter. Pieces will be available through email via or by direct message on Instagram @AlisonBalcanoffArt.

Alison Balcanoff is a St. Charles, IL artist working primarily with paper and is most well-known for her three-dimensional drawings that play with negative space and shadow by sculpting or removing bits of paper through folding, burning, or cutting. Alison graduated from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University with her BFA in Fine Arts and obtained her MA in Art History and Museum Studies Certification from Northern Illinois University.

For additional information, contact Alison Balcanoff at or (860) 965-8317.

Dappled Light #6 (detail); permanent marker and oil-based paint on hand-cut Tyvek; 8-1/4" x 11-3/4"


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