Sarah Alexander’s work is highly detailed, layered, and fluid. Alexander creates through a stream of consciousness, and the resulting depictions appear gravity-defying. An avid observer of her environment, she engages in daily intuitive drawing sessions in order to access her subconscious. These daily sessions result in obsessive studies with subtle differences within the imagery. Alexander’s final images are imbued with empathy, naturalist imagery, and spiraling abstractions.
For her 2021 exhibit Uncultivated ;
“In making work for Uncultivated, I examined what I determined to be Precious, what are my treasures, what do I value? With my steel sculptures I explored the feelings of living in an enchanted limbo as I grew too comfortable in my isolated routine, growing into my space as if I were turning into one of the wild overgrown plants in my garden.
I created a series of drawings that are decorative shrines of longing for people who I loved and missed. Passionflowers for my mother, Blueberries for my daughter, Asters, Morning Glories, spiky seed pods, all captured on paper with watercolor, ink, and 22k gold leaf.
Large paintings on canvas contain wild, tangled, busy, twisting, turning, crowded and messy fantastical gardens. In these I explore the sensation of becoming emersed in my surroundings and being lost in thought.
All work for this exhibit was created during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
From her 2019 exhibit Anywhere, Anywhere.
.“Cataloging my life through daily drawing sessions using imagery from my own personal history, I work obsessively to process my way through hectic days.
Making this particular body of work out of steel has been cathartic for me.
I wanted to see my drawings take form and become three dimensional, as a way to give them more power, and perhaps therefore to give myself more power. The decision to use steel was a natural one since I and my husband have owned and operated a steel fabrication business for nearly 4 decades.” - Sarah Alexander