Painting (MA)

Alexis Lee

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School of Arts & Humanities

The Mercurius Duplex is the vessel of opposites, the alchemical body of creative and destructive energies.

Medium:

Acrylic and Oil Pastel on Canvas

Size:

100 x 76 x 4 cm
accretion
alchemy
carving
cuts
duality
erasure
Knife painting
Mercurius Duplex
natures
pastel
vessel

LeeAlexisWitnesses

Faces pulled into consciousness remain frozen in their transition from formlessness to form. Freeing fingers and toes; pricking open ears and shaping crude spines, these are witnesses to the violence of their own making.

Medium:

Clay

Size:

Varies
The Cinema Triptych looks to film as a contemporary engine for mythology. It is a collection of memories from movies that use storytelling to subliminally transform performance into truth or fact. In time, the spectator creates individualized patterns in conversation with the visual narrative, enhanced by personal experience and imagination. This particular work focuses on illness and healing:


“The Leperd” is based on images of leprosy in cinema. The bearer imparts his disease through touch and has deformed extremities and facial features. He is the disease itself and is surrounded by foliage and a leopard inspired by medieval illuminations. Personally, it represents the first traumatic childhood memory from film; it embodies the infant association of leopards with the disease as well as its historic frame.

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“Aceso” is the tapestry of cures. A body claimed by religion, insects, and needles, and medicines. Aceso was the Greek embodiment for the process of curing rather than a healer or panacea. 

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“Black Tears” tells the story of Plague. The Bird sits on the shoulder of illness. He is a harbinger, an omen, carrying the face of a plague mask worn by doctors during times of Bubonic plague.

Medium:

Acrylic on Board

Size:

80 x 180 x 2 cm
The Titan is a symbol of earthly, brute strength and the chaos of nature at the beginning of creation. In Ancient Greece, they were the ancestral pantheon of gods. In Buddhist scriptures, they are Asuras constantly at war, marked by jealousy and overwhelming ambition; they represent states of consciousness.

The Sphinx is a monster, an oracle and a guardian. In its Egyptian and Greek iterations, it represents the destructive emptiness of absolute power and a gateway to another dimension.

Medium:

Embroidery, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor and Paper on Canvas

Size:

100 x 136 cm
The Faer are iterations of chimeric fairies and divine animals. They represent a curious future, marked by a return to the ancestral practice of making symbols.

Fairies are referenced in many cultures. They were believed to be demoted angels, minor pagan deities, sprits of the dead or small imps and demons. In reference to the time and location of their stories, they were either blamed for maladies and misfortune or symbolic of good luck and supernatural aid.

Medium:

Watercolor on Paper

Size:

31x 23 cm

Medium:

Acrylic and Pastel on Linen

Medium:

Acrylic and Pastel on Board

Size:

80 x 60 cm

Transformation of the Bird Catcher 150x120cm

Medium:

Oil on Canvas

Size:

150 x 120 cm
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