Statement

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.

Biography

Alexandra is an artist working with patterns in nature, natural processes and phenomena. Her work is heavily science based and experimental in nature. Alexandra completed a foundation at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and a ceramics degree at Camberwell College of Art, graduating in 2003. She has worked on an exhibition with Jean Paul Gaultier which was exhibited at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. After working at various galleries including the Tate Britain she worked as a model maker for Norman Foster and more recently, in the 3D side of the events industry. Carr has been commissioned by Radiohead and was shortlisted for the Arts@CERN COLLIDE International Award 2016 and longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016. She exhibits internationally and collaborates with specialists from other disciplines such as musicians, sound designers and theoretical physicists. Her practice includes, drawing, sculpture, kinetic works, photography and video although the boundary between art, science and technology is of particular importance. She spent six months at the artists’ collective HEIMA, in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, sonifying the Aurora Borealis as an artist in residence and mentor for the Lunga School. She was subsequently documenting her works in a castle in Co. Galway, Ireland, before returning to London to resume her practice. She is currently on a residency at Durham University, titled Sculpting with Light.


CV

Education:

  • Camberwell College of Art – BA (Hons) Ceramics 2000-2003.
  • Central St Martins – B-Tec Foundation in Art & Design 1999-2000

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:

  • 'Lux Mundi' - The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, November 2017.
  • 'Dante' - Palace Green Library, Durham, December 2017 - March 2018. 
  • 'Age of Light' - Cambridge Eluminate, February 2018.

Selected Exhibitions:

  • '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
  • 'Bodies of Movement' at 'Ely Cathedral Science Festival 2017', Ely, 19th May - 18th June 2017.  Solo show.
  • 'In Transit' - The Old Parcel’s Office, Scarborough, February 2017
  • 'Phoxpop Launch' - The Rag Factory, London, August 2016
  • Solo Projects Group Show - London, July 2016
  • 'Struktur' - Verket Museum, Avesta, Sweden, May - September 2016.
  • 'List í Ljósi' light festival. Collaboration with Phillipe Clause - Iceland. February 2016
  • 'Freeze' - The Jam Factory, Oxford, December 2015.
  • Elbow Room Competition 2015 - London, October 2015.
  • Salisbury Ceramics Open - Salisbury, October 2015.
  • 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.
  • ‘Irminsil – You are lost’ – Perrot’s Folly, Birmingham, March 2012
  • ‘ Still Lives’ – Norman Rea Gallery, York September 2011.
  • ‘The Winter’s Wayzgoose’ – Copped Hall, Epping, December 2010.
  • ‘Activate Winter Show’ – Beecroft Art Gallery. October 2010.
  • ‘Ingleside Arts Festival’ – Oxfordshire May 2010.
  • 'Pain Couture' (in association with Ennemlaghi and Jean Paul Gaultier) - Cartier Foundation, Paris. June   October 2004.
  • ‘Home Sweet Home’ – Centenary Gallery, Camberwell, March 2002.
  • ‘Kneading Space’ – Shoreditch, March 2002.

Awards:

  • 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.

Residencies:

  • '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.

Publications:

  • 'Future Now', Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology. 2017
  • Phoxpop Issue 2 - ‘Can’t Touch This’ Article. 2016