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Alexandra Ross

My Roots

Alexandra Ross

April 1 – June 30, 2021

Alexandra Ross

Biography & Artist Statement

Alexandra Ross creates installations based on her experience being raised by parents whose isolationism, commitment to unschooling and frequent moves created a life experience of disruption and survival. Now based in rural Manitoba, her work explores themes of personal chaos and emergent internal order within that chaos. Her installations include work in clay, print, and photography as well as assemblage sculptures containing found objects interacting with each medium. Since arriving in Canada she has obtained her BFA at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art (2020).  Alexandra mounted her first solo exhibition at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre (2015) and has since participated in a number of group shows in Winnipeg as well as a print exchange in Grand Forks (2019).  Alexandra was awarded the Undergraduate Research Award (2018) under professor Grace Nickel as well as two UMSU scholarships. Currently, she is completing a year-long placement in the Rural Artist Mentorship Program with Brenna George through Manitoba Arts Network and Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.

In my recent body of work My Roots I use a combination of photography, screen printing, and clay, to explore the intersection where chaos meets order and where beauty meets pain in my personal narrative. In my photography I seek to capture myself in a past moment of time, frozen with objects that once shaped the core of who I am. I use print to formalize these objects into a system, accessible to me only with the benefit of retrospection. My clay work expresses the inner turmoil, growth, and emergence of a self through experience, while my assemblage sculptures combine each element and bind them to a root system. For each of these root sculptures, I spin a thread from a drop spindle and a spinning wheel. These sculptures express a singular circumstance from my past, that shapes my present, and will be with me into the future. In a final performance, I will take wool from each suspended root system and spin a new thread to be installed around my body–my living roots.


Artist Conversation Series: Alexandra Ross and Dana Kletke


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9 entries.
Cheryl Antonio wrote on April 21, 2021 at 7:44 pm
Just beautiful!! Thank you, so much!!
Barbara Gale Cramer wrote on April 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Very powerful! Creative from "nothing". Love it! Thank you, for letting me see your progress and hear your interview.
dawn wrote on April 21, 2021 at 6:23 pm
Beautiful and powerfully honest
Kelly klick wrote on April 4, 2021 at 7:46 pm
Fascinating glimpse into the organic nature of both childhood and chaos. Love the fragility and strength found in each piece.
Audrey Hiebert wrote on April 3, 2021 at 10:41 am
Every time I view the exhibit my brain sticks on the pic with you wearing the mask. That pic captures the feeling of chaos for me. I both love and am terrified by the vulnerability of it.
Dawn wrote on April 1, 2021 at 11:46 pm
Powerful images!
Nathanja wrote on April 1, 2021 at 10:47 pm
I wish I could see these pieces in person. There are so many layers, so much depth. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. I love seeing how you keep growing as an artist. Really inspirational.
Holly wrote on April 1, 2021 at 8:44 am
Beautiful purposeful depth with chaotic roots. Thanks for sharing.
Kelly Murray wrote on March 30, 2021 at 2:20 pm
I love your theme and you've related it all to your story.