Alexis Lopez lovingly embroiders and beads salty sayings in an autographic illustrative style, that merges an opulent domestic mode with vintage tattoo iconography. Both decorative and narrative, she telegraphs messages through needle and thread. Whether her images are sinking into skin or across muslin, Alexis continues to reach out through these pictorial sampler-of-sorts with hopes of further defining herself and finding others to connect to. These drawings capture our spurned and crow-like attention with shining, glimmering "Dear John letters" from life.
About the show:
Have you ever thought about where you belong? I mean really thought about it?About the artist:
I believe a large part of one’s self is our ability to connect and interact with another human being on a deeper level. Though we are constantly linked technologically, we have all but lost the ability to make a personal and intimate connection with one another and ultimately ourselves. Yet, in all this social hysteria there is still a thin and fragile line that can be drawn from one person to another. We all have had similar experiences in life, love and loss that connect us emotionally.
Most artist’s true reasoning behind making their art is to bring that connection out, to make aware to anyone that will listen, what truly defines them in relation to the world. My artwork is an inside look at my own journey to self-awareness. The message is simple and clear, but the intricate media that it is executed in is a parallel representation to our complexities. Worked by hand, I force my viewer to slow down and make a personal relationship with me that also resonates within him or her.
Each stitch is a line I’m drawing from me to you. Each gem and bead denotes our need to portray a pretty image to avoid rejection from those we seek acceptance from.
Alexis Rae Lopez was born and raised in Delta, Colorado in 1982. From a very small age she was influenced by her artistic lineage and would draw for hours on the couch with nothing but a markers and a notebook. Growing up she learned as much as she could about drawing and painting and in the summer of her 18th year, she moved to sunny California to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts (currently California College of the Arts). There she studied under many artist greats such as Barron Story, Robert Hunt and the late Dugald Stermer. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 2005 and has since continued to work, live and show in the bay area and California.
More of Alexis Lopez's work may be seen at: arlopez.com
Stop by the Mauve? Office this very Friday, February 17th at 7 pm, to meet Alexis Lopez and to debrief Valentine's Day adventures both solo and tandem.