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Elizabeth Alexander
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

Cast paper, sculptural collage, and altered objects are my methods for deconstructing domestic vignettes of traditional success and beauty. Long hours of unmaking and rebuilding found materials provide space to record my memories and observations while I work to reexamine supposed truths within the domestic sphere. Repetitive processes become internal centering elements as I work to carefully break down these concepts.
The ubiquitous notion of the American home as a symbol for status, power, and security has led me to examine my own relationship with home and consider its untidy qualities. Living with and loving others who battle mental illness and chronic pain has complicated my experience with private space. I aim to unearth the human presence within our material surroundings and explore home as a place that is shaped by our stories and bears witness to our secret lives.

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