Approved: 24.01.2007

Alexis Zelda Stevens

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Approved: 24.01.2007

I make room filling installations, objects and drawings (drawing spanning traditional media/dance/assemblage). Between 2004- 2008, I extended my painting practice driven by my increasing realisation of the role of the body in perception. Because my experience of the world is highly sensory, visual and crucially mobile, I felt my work couldn't continue to serve the eyes alone. It remains important that

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

I make room filling installations, objects and drawings (drawing spanning traditional media/dance/assemblage). Between 2004- 2008, I extended my painting practice driven by my increasing realisation of the role of the body in perception. Because my experience of the world is highly sensory, visual and crucially mobile, I felt my work couldn't continue to serve the eyes alone. It remains important that the form of my work encourages spatial participation from the viewer. In deconstructing painting I increased the scale of the work to encompass the viewer entirely and extended the work into their territory, requiring them to interact with the it on spatial terms. The architectural boundaries of the space replaced the 2D frame as a compositional device, and the work was constructed of painting materials. This work was often site-specific, always responsive to the exhibition space and sometimes related visually to the space outside the gallery/site. It was largely informed by the experience of moving through urban landscapes. Having made this departure, since 2008 I have increasingly explored ideas relating to movement and by extension, natural forces: balance, tension/oppositional forces, exertion of force on a material of space, rhythm and energy. The work is informed by physical practices including contemporary dance/movement and direct observation of humans in movement and natural forms and forces. Influences include Jessica Stockholder, modernist painter Peter Lanyon (master of articulating sensory, mobile, landscape experiences) and contemporary choreographer Siobhan Davies, a pioneer of the body as a source of information for making visual art. http://www.alexiszeldastevens.com www.encounterproject.blogspot.com

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2004 - BA honours Fine Art. First Class, Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth Solo exhibitions 2010 - 'You Are A Lid To Me' , London, London 2006 - 'Outside The Frame', Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton 2005 - This show was the culmination of my two month residency at ArtSway, ArtSway, Hampshire Artist talks 2006 - Visiting Lecturer, Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth Residencies 2005 - [pro]Duction Graduate Residency, ArtSway in partnership with Arthouse Doncaster, Hampshire Competitions, prizes and awards 2005 - Grants for The Arts £5, 000 for 'Outside the Frame' 2006, Arts Council England, South West