Alexandra Drysdale Artist

 

 

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The driving force behind Alexandra Drysdale’s work is the desire to unite visons of eternity with mundane reality. For twenty-five years, she has continually pursued this in a variety of art forms, including painting, sculpture, installation and performance.

Alexandra’s earliest influences on her painting were two of her art school teachers, Cecil Collins and Ken Kiff. The former drew her attention to the British Visionary tradition exemplified by William Blake and Samuel Palmer; the latter to the great colourists of Modernism.

Alexandra’s sculpture consists of a collage of contrasting materials and craft techniques. Her playful attitude to making her sculpture derives from her childhood when her mother encouraged a DIY art aesthetic by recycling rubbish into art materials for her children. There need be no hierarchy in the world of art and craft materials and there need be no hierarchy in what can influence an artist. Images of food in the TV programme Masterchef are as inspiring to Alexandra as are the sculptures of Richard Tuttle and Louise Bourgeois.

In Modern Painters, John Ruskin expresses a view of nature that is shared by Alexandra, although for her his sentiments can be experienced in the urban environment as well as in nature. He wrote that “although there was no definite religious sentiment mingled with it, there was a continual perception of sanctity in the whole of nature….an instinctive awe, mixed with delight; an indefinable thrill.”

 

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