Shannon Alonzo

Shannon Alonzo

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In this episode of We Are Crayons - The Podcast our guest is visual artist Shannon Alonzo. Shannon shares with us her love for things of old that she uses as inspiration for her work. She spoke of the joys of being an Art Teacher and how it helped her to become less of an introvert.

Shannon believes the resilience and work-ethic trumps talent when it comes to having a successful creative career.

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Cover photo by: Loftt Curator Adeline Gregoire, 2019

Listening time: 27 mins.

My artistic practice concerns the exploration of Caribbean identity, specifically, the tension between stereotypical projections of the collective persona and the desire to interpret an authentic representation of self.
Washerwoman, 2018. | Photo by: Kibwe Brathwaite

Washerwoman, 2018. | Photo by: Kibwe Brathwaite

Having studied at the University of the Arts London. Shannon has been working in the creative industries since 2011, using visual art, costume design and production design to express herself creatively.

Collaborating with design house, Meiling Inc Ltd, provided her with opportunities to work with the visionary Peter Minshall and the Callaloo Company. Do costume design for 3Canal’s annual carnival productions and wardrobe design for the feature documentary ‘Pan! A Modern Odyssey’.

Shannon also contributed by way of production design, to the award-winning feature film ‘Play the Devil’. The film opened at the LA Film Festival in 2016 and garnered her a special mention in the Hollywood Reporters’ review of the project. Her other production design credits can be seen in the feature film ‘Moving Parts’ and short film ‘Salty Dog’, as well as television commercials for FLOW and Bmobile, amongst others.

Walk d crab… now he walking you, 2018 | Photo by: Marlon James

Walk d crab… now he walking you, 2018 | Photo by: Marlon James

Her fine-art practice provides a highly personal medium for creative inquiry. She has shown her work at two solo exhibitions. The first in August 2015, entitled ‘Of Smoke and Sunshine’ which demonstrated an ongoing examination of the relationship between Caribbean cultural identity and adornment, presented at the Big Black Box.

The second, entitled ‘Imprint.’ This body of work focused on probing the connections between modes of dress and passive revolt, leading the investigation of clothing as an artefact. These works have taken shape as garment sculptures and fabric collages that draw heavily on historical photographs and layer stories of past and present. Through the re-imagining of these scenes, the viewer is confronted with the nostalgia (and sometimes bitterness) of people, environments, conditions, either forgotten or transformed over time. This exhibition was displayed at the Loftt Gallery, August 2019.

Embrace | Photo by: Marlon James

Embrace | Photo by: Marlon James

Lowest Hanging Fruit, 2018 | Photo by: Kibwe Brathwaite

Lowest Hanging Fruit, 2018 | Photo by: Kibwe Brathwaite

Lowest Hanging Fruit, 2018 | Photo by: Kibwe Brathwaite

Lowest Hanging Fruit, 2018 | Photo by: Kibwe Brathwaite

We thank Shannon for taking the time to chat with us. Do connect with her on Instagram @shanalonzo to see what she’s up to in the future.


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A Creative Professional with over twenty years experience. Which he gained during his time spent at a few of Trinidad’s top advertising agencies. Then functioning as the Regional Creative head of the Caribbean’s largest retailer. Contributing to the development of the group’s regional marketing strategy. Forming the regional Design Strategy. Conceptualisation and execution of all creative, marketing and advertising communication for the group’s brands. With oversight of regional and local creative teams and creative processes. He continues to sharpen his creative edge. A passionate, twenty-four hour creative junky. Admirer of sexy typefaces, lover of words and aspiring life long learner. He is also the founder of A BigBox Of Crayons. An online and offline community for creative thinkers + makers in Trinidad & Tobago.