Lorna Alkana mixes language and line drawings into interactive installations, digital art, paintings, and poetry. Her art explores themes of perception and expectation through surreal portraits and saturated skylines. Community, found-story, asymmetry, identity, and memory influence her work.
Lorna developed a love for genre bending collaboration while studying Creative Writing in high school at the Orange County School of the Arts. She graduated from USC in 2009 with a B.A. in English-Creative Writing and Cultural Studies. Right out of college, Lorna joined Teach for America to teach middle school English in San Fernando, California.
While teaching, she started an art blog to share her drawings, stories, and infographics. Since 2012, numerous galleries and venues in Los Angeles have featured her art, including the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, The Autry, and The Montalban. Lorna’s writing and illustrations have been featured by The Graphic History Collective, Repel Industries, and the Pop Culture Association.
Currently, Lorna continues to chronicle her “adventures in personhood” and art process on her blog,LornaAlkana.com. She bounces between Los Angeles and Orange County, where she arts, teaches, performs, and writes autobiographical blurbs in third person.