Stacy Alexander - Cross disciplinary artist
Alexander's work encompasses the use of many different types of media and addresses friendships among women, current events and emerging society aided by the fields of politics, psychology, religion, music, sexual politics, myth, emotion, compassion, humor and how these things enable art to weave meaningful images out of the individual strands of knowledge from other, more restrictively focused disciplines.
The artist states:
My art emerges from my imagination, from my life experiences, my memories, my children, my husband, music, other art.....just about everything. I am also a student, currently working on a graduate degree in psychology. I will probably always be a student on some level and I will never consider my arts education to be complete. Learning something new each day is the fuel that operates my life.
A recycling and environmental enthusiast, I like to I find ways to re-purpose discards that might otherwise end up in our landfills. This challenge fits perfectly with my penchant for experimenting with different media and trying new techniques. I tend to allow the materials dictate the final piece. I have found that Mosaic is a perfect vehicle for recycling. I still have a lot to learn about the medium, but I gain something with each new piece that I create.
In addition to my mixed media work, I shoot and edit digital videos and am a digital photography enthusiast. I paint, write performance art and do some sculptural work. I like to cast different resins and materials to create 3D work and to think outside the box to come up with new ways to use them. I create spiritual and meditation boxes, alters, shrines and other work all based on the fundamental concept of the connectedness of humans to our environment and to one another. This is a reoccurring theme in my work.
Artistic influences? I share a birthday with Georgia O'Keefe and am obsessed with Frida Kahlo. Some artists whose work I admire include : Eva Hess, Delaine Hackney, Ana Voog , Arlene Elizabeth , Brent Sumner, Tricia Anders, Jacqueline Myers-Cho, Bruce Nauman, Rory Kennedy (film), Bettye, Lezley and Alison Saar, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Kiki Smith, Sandra Blow, Joan Mitchell, Niki de St. Phalle, Yoko Ono, Judy Chicago, Judy Onofrio, Barbara Kruger, Sarah Johnson, Myles Blackwood, Karma Hallmark. Laurie Anderson, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Sally Mann, Pipilotti Rist, Andy Warhol, Robert Roschenberg, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollack, Andy Goldsworthy, Mark Rothko and Richard Tuttle. ...and many others.
Ms. Alexander received her art training at the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., Museum School, The University of Houston, Institute of Mosaic Art and through private lessons and various workshops. She organized one of the most successful life drawing organizations in San Francisco's East Bay area and has taught a variety of workshops and independent classes. She is owner of Studio 44 in Oakland, California and co-owner of Moonwater Video Productions
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