ALIX MARIE (FRA)
Alix Marie is a London-based photographer and sculptor, who graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and plans to continue with her Master's studies at The Royal College of Art in London this year. She has exhibited and curated shows in London, Dublin and Barcelona.
Her work is concerned with the challenging of artistic boundaries. This is carried out through the crossing and mixing of sculpture and photography. Central themes of her work are portrait and self-portrait. She likes to play with the boundaries between ‘straight’ and ‘staged’ photography, and question the identity of the medium. She creates images in order to confound the viewer and trigger his imagination, leaving space for individual interpretation. In her practice of sculpture she explores with a wide range of materials in order to create unexpected or unusual objects. Her work is triggered by everyday life, encounters and travels.
On her residential visit to Maribor the artist created a series of photographs, which stand as a visual travel diary. Staying on the edge between documentary and staged photography, the series is a mix of what or whom she found during her stay and her own artistic vision. In addition to that, the artist also created a series of three large format photographs, in which she continued her artistic exploration of old buildings that are full of stories. These photos were taken in one of the locations of the Živa dvorišča (Living Courtyards) project, which played both the part of the scenery and the protagonist in her photographic explorations. In these photos, the artist plays with the composition, spatial views, forms and textures, which she combines and puts in dialogue with one another. The patterns on the walls of the abandoned apartment create an interesting interplay with individual furniture pieces and the ever-present image of the artist. The contrasts of colours and textures (walls, wood, skin) stand out in particular, and the intertwining of their forms creates interesting compositional elements. The series of photos, created during the artist's residency, falls into the category of staged photography, with the photographer entering foreign places and playfully ''stealing'' moments and capturing them forever.
Text: Maja Pardeilhan