Discipline: Visual Art – drawing, Visual Art – painting, Visual Art – photography

Alice Attie

Discipline: Visual Art – drawing, Visual Art – painting, Visual Art – photography
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017

Alice Attie is a visual artist and poet. She holds a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature and an M.F.A. in poetry, and has published three books of poetry. Attie’s visual language demonstrates a fascination with the tender distinction between writing and drawing. Many of her works are composed of mark making creating what the artist calls rhythms of the repetitive. Her drawings are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She received the Pollock Krasner Award in 2015.

During her many MacDowell Fellowships, Attie has work on a body of photographs of young adults in the rural landscape of New England addressing the shifts in mood and gesture of individuals and the landscapes they move within (Coming of Age); and photo projects about the meeting place of art and medicine (Incision).

Drawing projects she worked on at MacDowell include abstract meditations in pen and ink and other series of ink drawings, many of which are composed of texts or fragments of text. She made red ink drawings in the series entitled "Red Weather"; a series of drawings composed of the single phrase, Socrates’s last: Take Care of Yourself; black-paper collages that refer to the war in Syria; a project concerning borders, boundaries and crossings comprised of both images and writing related to her book "These Figures Lining the Hills."

She also completed a manuscript of poems, entitled Under the Aleppo Sun.



Alice Attie worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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