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Alexandra Edmonds is a Canadian artist working in painting, most notably in portraits. Her work explores the psychology of relationships, beauty and women’s identity in a post feminist era. Her portraits question the distance between subject and viewer and how we look at people. Alexandra grew up in the picturesque Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada. She studied painting at l'École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Canada and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, UK. She has shown internationally in Canada, London and Berlin. She received her BFA in 2009 and currently and her MA at Central Saint Martins in 2011.
About Central Saint Martins:
The Sex Pistols played their first ever gig at Central Saint Martins on Charing Cross Road. Peter Blake, Anthony Gormley, Anthony Caro, Mark Titchner, Peter Doig, Lucien Freud and Mona Hatoum nurtured their artistic careers inside the walls. PJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker and M.I.A whistled outside the library, and Alexander McQueen stitched his first garments on the fourth floor.
This series explores relationships, beauty and women's identity in a post-feminist era. These portraits illustrate the character beneath the surface of small town Canadian women. Each subject has sent intimate digital images of themselves nude, something which now is much more instantaneous than before due to the easiness and accessibility of the internet and digital cameras. These portraits question the distance between subject and viewer and how we look at people. In the artist/model relationship, the women whom I had asked were close friends and had full reign in how they chose to adorn themselves and pose. The repetition in the series is an investigation of the painted portrait, a dissection of the elements which compose a portrait. Aspects of role playing and personal preferences in how they wish to be seen are very revealing and intimate. It is an intimate investigation of women's identity and sexuality in a post feminist era, where a woman can be a sexual object for herself.
April 2011 “Pinups of History” Joe Cunningham Gallery, Oceanside Community Arts Council, Parksville, BC
Selected Group Exhibitions
August 2011 MA Degree Art Show St Martins College Of Art And Design, London, UK
April 2011 “The New Pretenders” Oxo Tower, Bargehouse, London UK
Nov 2009 “Minnow & Bass” Group Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
Sept 2009 “Content” Graduate Exhibition, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna.
Sept 2009 Travelling Exhibition, Vernon Art Gallery, Vernon.
Jun 2009 "Custom Subject” Group Exhibition, SOPA, Kelowna BC.
2009/2008 Art on the Line,Juried Group Exhibiton,University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna.
Sept 2007 “Connections” The Courthouse, NV Community Arts Council, Merritt BC.
Sept 2011 AC/BC Berlin Contemporary, Galerie MARZIA FROZEN,Berlin,Germany from September 10th to October 10th, 2011