Alex graduated from The University of Alberta in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction. Since then, Alex has been honing her skills and building her career as an artist, while making a living operating her own hair salon on Vancouver Island, where she lives with her young family.
Painting and drawing has long been a way for me to express, explore, and maintain a connection with my space, with others, and myself.
During my early years in fine arts, portraiture and figures of people close to me were the focus. Ecstatic in the process of painting from life, or loving my time capturing photos to work from, I was attempting to pull out the essence; the unedited versions of people.
Continuing to respond to my environment, a few years later the impetus to move more toward abstraction and create brighter, more colorful floral works arose. This shift was largely the result of moving into a fairly dark, albeit fantastic, apartment that needed it.
Similarly, the most recent works distill huge transitions that have occurred for me over the past six years. Stylistically I was craving simple repetition in the images as a reaction to all the change and upheaval (and yet also rejecting the newfound regular routine in my life at the same time). Focusing on abstraction, the aesthetic, the mark-making, and lines had to be clean and pure. They had to be spontaneous and certain, and working on paper ensured this. These expressive drawings embrace the chaos, and by containing large negative white space they bring both physical and mental lightness into the pieces.
As these recent works evolved, the imitation of my young son’s first written letters was incorporated. As his first initial, layering the letter “R” brought a meditative, accepting, playful feel to life and the work. Ultimately, the entire series of images was meant to refine down, and then highlight, the best parts in all the change in recent times.
Overall, in any of my works, genuine, authentic marks are fundamental to creating an image I can dive into. In this way I feel energized with the possibility and inquiry, which is the place I want the work to be.