Made with layers of puddled pigment and collaged imagery on translucent drafting film, my paintings mimic explosive, liquid bodies splashing out of their own skins.
Alexandra Carter (b. 1985 in Boston) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from Goldsmiths University of London in 2015 and a BA from Rhodes College in Memphis in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include “Berries for Baubo” (2019), and “All gods are hot” (2018) both at Radiant Space in Los Angeles. Other solo exhibitions include Fusion Gallery (Turin, Italy), Southfork (Memphis), Projecto’ace Foundation (Buenos Aires), and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. She has been selected for residency projects nationally and internationally, including KulturKontakt Austria (Vienna), Qwatz (Rome), Graniti Murales (Sicily), Vice~Versa Foundation (Goa, India), RECSIM (Jashipur, India), Galerija-Muzej Lendava (Slovenia), the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a forthcoming residency at Saari in Finland.
“My work is an exploration of the psyche in the form of painting and drawing influenced by print media, collage, and performance. I play with the relationship between control and catharsis, visualizing the body coming out of itself in a way that can seem both pleasurable and painful. I draw from my personal background (my origins on a cranberry farm in New England) as well as literature, mythology, dance, and costume. My subject matter derives from a large archive of images which I collect and also create from my own performances, prescribing much of my work to come from a specifically female experience. Recent interests include expressionist dance movements (specifically German Neuer Tanz and Japanese Butoh), mythological human-animal hybrids, ritualist fertility symbols, and the words of surrealist artist Unica Zürn. I use alternative media and surfaces to emphasize a visceral mark. The spill of ink on nonporous, translucent drafting film (a.k.a. mylar) refers back to the body permeating beyond its own boundaries. In other series, I paint using cranberry juice as an actual medium, which refers to my upbringing and to the body in an abject narrative.”
On display at Helms Design Center for one week beginning 10.2.20
In addition to her Helms Design Center installation, Alexandra has a solo exhibition at the Luna Anais Gallery in downtown Los Angeles through November 8th.
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