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My current focus is giving life to man made objects
by using recycled materials, fabrics, fiberglass and the human body
in an exploration of color, weight, movement, density and structure.
The resulting pieces are speculative rather than historical, reflecting
the sleek, fast, technological work that draws us in, toward the
Alexandra Underhill grew up in Elmira, NY
and came to Cleveland to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art, from
which she graduated with honors in 1993. In the years since, she has
continued to expand her professional career in sculpture and jewelry,
as well as in the theater arts, in set design, costuming and installation.
Alexandra has worked, lived and traveled through Africa, Asia, Micronesia,
The Middle East, and Central America, and her conscious integration
of foreign experience, rhythms and religions is reflected in her works.
He current work is an amalgam of memories
and dreams, providing a visual dichotomy between heavy, succulent,
reptilian, coral-like surfaces and soft, sandy, mummified forms.
My materials are my tools. They teach me about
the wisdom of inter-connections.- says Alexandra.
She offers the viewers a cornucopia of retinal
and visceral experiences via the emphasis placed on the synergy
that occurs between the materials and the processes utilized. This
is achieved through the marriage of diverse, often organic materials
(such as African porcupine quills, sand, bronze screen, cinnamon
sticks, rubber, avocado shells, tissue paper, and wire) and the
unique transitions between them, using a wide range of processes
(such as electroforming, drilling, repetitive stitching and edging,
According to Alexandra ? Travel has undeniably
shaped the evolution of my work. I gravitate towards underdeveloped
countries as I find their ways of life and topographies less synthetic
and less jaundiced by the effects of progress. Immersing myself
in foreign cultures with different languages and different rules,
forces me to confront myself, and to rely on alternative means of
survival. It enables me to study rhythm on many levels, to see the
inter-relationships with greater clarity, and to be enlightened
by nature, time and time again. The resolution of each piece I create
always entails finding a visual, emotional and spiritual balance.