I am a mixed media and fiber artist who enjoys unraveling the complexity of simple materials by building intricate and organic 2-dimensional fiber structures. I reconstruct and alter layers of paper (art papers, handmade papers, or my own prints and paintings), then intersect the layers and, rather than using adhesive, I make the joins using single-stitching, random weaving, coiling, and other traditional fiber techniques.
My work is inspired by the organic textures and lyrical shapes of nature, contrasted with the dynamic beats of modern progress. The drama of human gesture inspires the movement in my work. Engaging with the many layers is an opportunity to stop, to look, to consider. I invite viewers to come in closer and get in touch with our humanity, in this world that too often values the cheap, fast, and unconsidered.
After being downsized from a job in her former fundraising career, then losing a friend to cancer, Alexanna understood life was uncertain and short. She decided it was now or never to take the leap and begin her art career, at age 53 . She had not set foot in the studio for more than a decade.
A fourth-generation native New Mexican from a family of artists and community leaders, Alexanna still considers her native Santa Fe her “soul home”, and recently returned there to live.
Alexanna is a full-time working artist who continues a limited practice coaching artists who are making the transition from a traditional career. She served 4 years on the Mesa Arts Center Foundation Board, most recently as the Board Secretary.
Juried Group Exhibitions
Shemer Art Center, “Making Connections: an Exhibition where Visual Art Meets Poetry”, Phoenix, Arizona
Lyceum Gallery, “Creative Expressionism: the Creative Spirit”, San Diego, California
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center , “Elements in Balance: Earth . Air . Fire. Water”, Solomon, Maryland
Art Intersection, “All Art Arizona”, Gilbert, Arizona
Phoenix Center for the Arts, “Unsettled Bodies”, Phoenix, Arizona
Vision Gallery/Chandler Center for the Arts, “Art Quilts XVII – Integrating A Paradox”, Chandler, Arizona
Shemer Center for the Arts, “Fibers”, Phoenix, Arizona
North Bank Artist’s Gallery, “Strands”, Vancouver, Washington
Infinity Art Gallery, “3rd Annual Fiber Arts show”, virtual
2012 INFLUX Phoenix Metro Public Art Programs
2009 to present Mesa Arts Center Foundation Board of Directors
2006 University of New Mexico, American Studies Graduate Program, Master of Arts, candidate (all but thesis)
1988 Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York; Bachelor of Arts
Wire Mesh Baskets; Lanny Bergner; San Diego, California
Vessels of Light; Kay Harradine; San Diego, California
Illuminated Design: Textures, Text, and Images: Joan Schulze, Alegre Retreat, Gateway, Colorado