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ALEXANDRIA
SMITH
ARTIST

Intimately aware of the awkward stages of female adolescence, Alexandria Smith paints comical scenes plucked from a coming-of-age story, where notions of race, gender, sexuality, and psychology come into play. Cartoon narratives amidst backdrops of pastoral landscapes and suburban interiors investigate how  come into their own. Smith’s alter ego Marjorie is one particular recurring character,who largely figures into many of these scenes, providing a glimpse into a space where “the parents aren’t around” to play up the way adults view children more as receptors than actors of their own narratives. Elsewhere, there are also disjointed limbs and playful signifiers like pigtails and ribbons for a kind of fragmented representation of youth, all depicted in brightly-hued pastels and…

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caricatured features to play up the the humor; though that can quickly veer into horror and the grotesque, an intentional tension Smith continuously toys around with.

 

A native New Yorker, Smith was born in the Bronx, raised in New Rochelle, and currently works in Brooklyn. She received her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and her MA in art education at New York University. After teaching art to middle-school students in Harlem, Smith pursued and completed her MFA in painting and drawing at Parsons. She continues to teach for various arts organizations, which has in large part played a significant role in her practice. Her latest exhibitions include shows at the Ark Gallery at the University of Iowa and the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse. She’s also had a solo exhibition at Scaramouche Gallery, The Schomburg Center, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, Rush Arts Gallery, among others.

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