Painting (MA)

Alexis Lee

Alexis Lee is an American painter and sculptor from Los Angeles, CA. 

She received her BFA from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA and Rome, Italy) in 2014. 

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alexis.aciel@gmail.com

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Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

LeeAlexisWitnesses

Faces are pulled into consciousness, with knives that carve out crudely shaped spines, free fingers and toes, and prick ears open to the stunned creature. They are frozen in the transition from formless to form, witnesses to the violence of their own making.

Medium:

Clay

Size:

Varies
body
carving
clay
consciousness
living object
Sculpture
The Call

Medium:

Acrylic and Oil Pastel on Canvas

Size:

100 x 76 x 4 cm
This piece is a part of a new series of knife paintings surrounding film as a contemporary engine for mythologies. I collected memories from cinema that subliminally imparted what became “truths” or facts. Through visual narratives, what was shown transformed into historical or informative fabric with which the spectator weaves in individualized patterns against their personal experience and imagination. 

The knife paintings are cuts that disturb the surface with an interplay of violent force and delicate ripples. The gestures provoke bodies and faces to climb out from pools of white material and the gnashing tension beneath the surface.

“Aceso” is the tapestry of cures. A body is claimed by religion, insects, and needles. Aceso was the Greek embodiment for the process of curing rather than a healer or panacea. 

“Black Tears” tells the story of Plague. The Bird sits on the shoulder of illness, he is a harbinger and carries the face of a plague mask worn by doctors during times of Bubonic plague. His long tail feathers hover, waiting to carry the innocent away.

“The Leperd” is based on images of leprosy in cinema. The bearer imparts his disease through touch and has deformed extremities and facial features. He is the disease itself and is surrounded by foliage and a leopard inspired by medieval illuminations. Personally, it represents the first traumatic childhood memory from film; it embodies the infant association of leopards with the disease as well as the historical frame in which the film was created.

Medium:

Acrylic on Board

Size:

80 x 180 x 2 cm
Crossing the Threshold

The Titan is a symbol of earthly, brute strength and the chaos of nature at the beginning of creation. In Ancient Greece, they were the ancestral pantheon of gods. In Buddhist scriptures, they are Asuras constantly at war, marked by jealousy and overwhelming ambition; they represent states of consciousness.

The Sphinx is a monster, an oracle and a guardian. In its Egyptian and Greek iterations, it represents the destructive emptiness of absolute power and a gateway to another dimension.

Medium:

Embroidery, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor and Paper on Canvas

Size:

100 x 136 cm

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Medium:

Acrylic on Board

Size:

80 x 60 x 2cm

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Medium:

Acrylic on Board

Size:

80 x 60 x 2cm

Medium:

Acrylic on Board

Size:

80 x 60 x 2cm

Medium:

Watercolor on Paper

Size:

23 x 31 cm
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