Alishya Swenning is an interdisciplinary artist making work about grief-space, political history, and climate genocide. Through personal storytelling, historical research, and speculative landscape, she navigates her individual experience with the somatic experience of trauma, revolution, and the concept of the Anthropocene. She lives and grew up on Cheyenne, Arapahoe and Ute land, known as Denver, Colorado.
Alishya considers a variety of mediums and processes in her art practice. Her first loves are drawing and painting, but she’s become enamored with printmaking, installation, woodworking, and performance art as well. She’s also a writer, working primarily in poetry and essays.
Alishya received her high school diploma from Denver School of the Arts in 2011 and is a current Art Practices senior at CU Denver. She has been represented by Hellbent Gallery, exhibited work at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Pirate Contemporary Art, makeSPACE Coalition, Emmanuel Gallery, and various pop-up exhibitions around the country throughout the years. She has work published in Strike While The Ink Is Hot! Volume 1, 2, and 3, Everyday Apocalypse! Volume 1 and 2, The Burnout Zine, and makeSPACE Volume 1. She has also been interviewed for the publication blossomwilt about her work and life in quarantine in 2020.