DR's [Virtual] Studio Visit with Alexandra Antoine
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About the Event
Alexandra Antoine is a multidisciplinary artist who holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently works with Free Write Arts & Literacy as a teaching artist and leads workshops throughout the city. Her work has been exhibited at Rootwork Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Roots & Culture, Roman Susan Gallery, South Side Community Arts Center and Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, IL. Her work is also part of the Arts in Embassies program at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is the recipient of the inaugural SPARK Micro grant from Chicago Artist Coalition and a DCASE grant. She has completed residencies at ACRE (Steuben, WI) and Ox-Bow (Saugatuck, MI).ARTIST STATEMENT
Story telling, photography, and memories of the time spent in Léogâne, Haiti during my childhood and adulthood is where it all began. I reflect on the conversations held with the elders in my family, the knowledge, wisdom, and laughter they shared with me as the foundation for my work.
My work is multidisciplinary in nature but connected through the themes of language, line, color and portraiture. I reference my Haitian-American cultural upbringing and the memories of travel, community and storytelling. My painting style has a topographical nature with a boldness of color and emotion. Woven throughout my work are the underlying influences of non-verbal languages such as symbols on cloth, scarification on bodies and colors with significant spiritual and cultural meanings. These elements play a role in the translation of my experiences of visual and methodical research of place, people and culture.
Apprenticeship is a complimentary aspect to my studio practice that shows up through the application of various materials in my work including wood, iron and bead sequins. It allows me to pay homage to traditional artisans throughout the African diaspora while embodying laborious practices using distinctive tools and methods of production.