Though she graduated from Pratt Institute only in 2012, rising artist Alessandra Maria is already making waves with her delicate, mixed-media artworks. Exploring the connection between femininity and nature, Alessandra Maria’s work depicts long-haired, pouting figures adorned with gold leaf-laden flower petals and butterflies. The work has a surprisingly melancholy air about it: The characters are presented to us naked and vulnerable, fearful of our gaze. These characters are obscured by elements of nature almost as if they are using them for protection, whether emotional or physical. Take a look at some of Alessandra Maria’s work below.