I am a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn. I studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design. I’ve worked in the music industry and as a journalist since 2014.

To read about what I’m making and how it evolves, keep scrolling.

ARTIST STATEMENT     |     4 APRIL 2019

My work interrogates the generation of contending records (co-realities) among multiple witnesses who have experienced the same event. Through digital and physical layering and collage, I reveal the divergent alternate realities that are created in parallel. Using transparent materials and hollowed out digital imagery, I examine those details which have been canonized as objective record and appear visually unmarred by personal interpretation in each account generated among the group. Using 3-dimensional installation, performance, and collage, I present multiple narratives simultaneously.

With video works, like Love Greens (2018), I present contending accounts using luma and color keying to layer textured interior perceptions with filmed events that act like documents of the historical record.

 

In performance works, like Adjustments (2018) and My Dad Might Be Dead (the last time we spoke) (2019) I reveal the discomfort of psychological weight generated when a personal truth diverges painfully from another’s impression of the same event.By eschewing documentation, memory becomes a medium for my work.

With Bougainvillea (2019), I use found footage to present highly specific memories from my youth, pitting them against recorded phone calls with relatives that recall undercurrents of tension in my fraught family history. Here, the audience is an interloper through which I scrutinize the process of re-contextualizing of discrete events.

My works evoke the alternatingly beautiful and troubling process of searching through many layers of co-realities—not to discern “truth,” but as a process for mediating the pain of divergent perspectives.

ARTIST STATEMENT     |     14 NOVEMBER 2018

 Through video, performance, & immersive installations I explore the psychological layers of how humans create, access, and re-contextualize memories over time.

My work explores the generation of contending records (“co-realities”) among multiple people who have experienced the same event. Through digital and physical layering and collage, I reveal the divergent alternate realities that are created in parallel. Using transparent materials and by hollowing out digital imagery, I aim to examine those details which have been canonized as objective record and appear visually unmarred by personal interpretation in each account generated among the group.

I am interested how co-realities change over time as they are accessed and re-contextualized with distance and information–especially through re-tellings or digital research.

Through video works, like Love Greens, 2018, I am able to present contending accounts using luma and color keying to layer textured interior perceptions with filmed events that act like documents. With performance works, like Adjustments, 2018, I am able to reveal the discomfort of psychological weight that individuals must bear as an act of adaptation to our canonized sociocultural norms. My immersive installations, like Bellowed Out, 2016 or Sound Bath, 2017, are efforts to evoke the alternatingly beautiful and troubling process of searching through many layers of co-realities–not to discern truth, but rather to expose one’s own perception and their projected allusions.

My works evoke the alternatingly beautiful and troubling process of searching through many layers of co-realities—not to discern “truth,” but as a process for mediating the pain of divergent perspectives.

 © 2018 ALEXANDRA BLAIR

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