Raising questions about the nature of reality and our place in the cosmos, Carr invites the viewer on a journey of awakening and enlightenment. Captivated by our quest to know the unknown, see the unseen and exist in the spaces in between, Carr presents a fleeting comprehension of an unreachable place and state of being, present but not properly understood.
At first glance, Carr’s aesthetic is elegant and sedate. On closer inspection, a subtle order and mechanism becomes apparent. Carr generates a slow drawing in of the audience, not to view an image, or a moment, but to observe change over time. A single, transforming, crucial moment of change highlights the threshold of order to chaos where both states may exist at once. The boundaries of liminal spaces stress the notions of duality, opposites, contradiction, interplay and connectivity.
The point of observation is the focus of Carr’s work. Motion and parallax are employed to create illusion, highlighting how visual perception informs our experience of reality.
Through a manipulation of natural phenomena as media and by challenging our perception of our environment, Carr provokes change in the object and the viewer’s perspective in order to open a window into a world unknown.
Alexandra is an artist working with patterns in nature, natural processes and phenomena. She completed a foundation at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and a ceramics degree at Camberwell College of Art. She has exhibited work at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, in collaboration with Jean-Paul Gaultier. After working at various galleries includ- ing Tate Britain, she worked as a model maker for Sir Norman Foster and in the 3D aspect of the events industry before resuming her art practice. She has been commissioned work from seminal musicians Radiohead, and was recently shortlisted for the Arts@CERN COLLIDE International Award 2016 and longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2017 and 2019. She frequently exhibits internationally and works in collaboration with cross-disciplined experts including sound designers, chemists, geologists, cosmologists and theoretical physicists. Her practice is predominantly science based and experimental in nature and includes drawing, sculpture, kinetic works, photography and video. Of particular focus is the boundary between art, science and technology. She spent six months at the artists’ collective HEIMA, in Seyðisfjorður, Iceland, as an artist in residence and mentor. She was recently based at Durham for her Leverhulme funded residency, ‘Sculpting with Light’, at Durham University, investigating medieval and modern cosmology in collaboration with a physicist, historian and cosmologist. She is currently working on new projects, and kinetic and interactive sculptures with a particular focus on phase changes, smart materials and new technologies. She is currently Artist in Residence at Josephine Butler College, Durham, exploring work concerning the elements. In January she will be IAS fellow to collaboratively produce biological smart materials.
Camberwell College of Art – BA (Hons) Ceramics 2000-2003.
Central St Martins – B-Tec Foundation in Art & Design 1999-2000
Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:
‘Cloud of Unknowing’ - Sculpt, Art in the Churches, Ripon, May - September 2019
‘Weight of Light’ - York Festival of Ideas, June 2019
Aesthetica Art Prize 2019 - York Art Gallery, 8th March - 14th July 2019
‘Voice of Tan’ - Durham Museum, June 2019
‘Empyrean' - Ushaw College, Durham, June 2018 - March 2019
'Light Embodied' - JCR Art Gallery, Oxford, April - June 2018
Suspensio' - The Damon Wells Chapel, Pembroke College, Oxford, April-June 2018.
MIN-EX - London, March 2018
'Dante' - Palace Green Library, Durham, December 2017 - March 2018.
'Age of Light' - Cambridge Eluminate, February 2018.
'Lux Mundi' - The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, November 2017 - February 2018.
'Lux Obscura' - The Mortuary Chapel, Ushaw College, Durham, August - November 2017
'Ether' - The Damon Wells Chapel, Pembroke College, Oxford, August 2017.
Aesthetica Art Prize - York Art Gallery, May - September 2017
'In Transit' - The Old Parcel’s Office, Scarborough, February 2017
'Struktur' - Verket Museum, Avesta, Sweden, May - September 2016.
'List í Ljósi' light festival. Collaboration with Phillipe Clause - Iceland. February 2016
Nesta Autumn Exhibition - London, October 2015
.'Hang On:' – Iceland, April 2015.
'Transitions' – Iceland, February 2015.
‘Fragments’ – Iceland, October 2014.
‘Structures’ – Iceland, August 2014.
‘The Sea Cabinet’ - Snape Maltings and Wilton’s Music Hall, London, May - August 2013. Collaboration with Musician in Residence Gwyneth Herbert. Touring UK performance.
'Pain Couture' (in association with Ennemlaghi and Jean Paul Gaultier) - Cartier Foundation, Paris. June October 2004.
Long listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019.
Leverhulme Trust Grant for Artist in Residence at for the "sculpting with Light' residency, Durham. (to commence May - September 2017)
Long listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2017.
Short listed for the Arts@CERN COLLIDE International Award, 2016.
People's Choice Award at the Salisbury Ceramics Open, 2015.
Special Commendation for 'Ice'. Elbow Room Competition 2015 - London, October 2015.
Financial Times A&B Finalist Exhibition - National Theatre, London 2001.
‘Axis Mundi’ at Josephine Butler College, Durham University, January - September 2019
'Sculpting with Light: Medieval and Modern Cosmology' (The Ordered Universe Project), Durham University, May-Sept 2017
HEIMA artist’s residency, Seydisfjordur, Iceland,. May 2014 – May 2015.
Research Fellowship at The Institute for Advanced Studies - ‘Material Imagination’. Commencing 2020
Broadcasting and Talks:
Panel speaker for Visual Art of Imagination at York Festival of Ideas 2019.
Panel speaker for FLUX Events: Site-Specific Art - July 2018
BBC Radio 3, Free Thinking - Guest on ‘The In Between’ - November 2017
Public talks and seminars at Oxford University, Durham University and MIT
'Future Now', Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology. 2019
'Future Now', Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology. 2017