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Show RCA 2019

Alexandra Pullen

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  • Hands of a Culture

    Hands of a Culture, Alexandra Pullen 2018
    Ink on paper
    100 cm x 100 cm | Photographer: Alexandra Pullen

  • Où sont les Femmes dans la Bande Dessinée

    Où sont les Femmes dans la Bande Dessinée, Alexandra Pullen 2019
    Ink on paper
    100 cm x 100 cm | Photographer: Alexandra Pullen

  • Où sont les Femmes dans la Bande Dessinée

    Où sont les Femmes dans la Bande Dessinée, Alexandra Pullen 2019
    Ink on paper
    100 cm x 100 cm | Photographer: Alexandra Pullen

  • Rebuilding the Castle

    Rebuilding the Castle, Alexandra Pullen 2018
    Ink on paper
    20 cm x 20 cm | Photographer: Alexandra Pullen

  • Patterns for Renewal

    Patterns for Renewal, Alexandra Pullen 2018 - 2019
    Ink on paper
    150 cm x 150 cm | Photographer: Alexandra Pullen

  • Patterns for Renewal

    Patterns for Renewal, Alexandra Pullen 2018 - 2019
    Ink on paper
    150 cm x 150 cm | Photographer: Alexandra Pullen

  • Patterns for Renewal

    Patterns for Renewal, Alexandra Pullen 2018 - 2019
    Ink on paper
    150 cm x 150 cm | Photographer: Alexandra Pullen

Major project:

Sketches for Recovery

This collection of writing and drawings encompasses ideas of realisation and recovery, within a narrative of the female artist. It is the culmination of ideas that I have been thinking about, and working on, for some time. The drawings include:

Hands of a Culture

Où sont les Femmes dans la Bande Dessinée

Rebuilding the Castle

Patterns for a Renewal

The companion text that I have written, Fragments of Recovery, and its blueprint Sketches of Recovery, are an autobiographical reflection on chronic illness, being a woman, and specifically, being a woman artist. I have aspired to elucidate my own experiences and reflect upon these through my work. The exploration of illness is not only thematic, but bound together with the cathartic process of making. My work strives to vindicate the formal, classical and material methods of expression through drawing and writing.

Key references for this work include Franco-Belgian bande dessinée (L'Écho des Savanes, Hara-Kiri, Fluide Glacial), comic strip and graphic novels (Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, Marjane Satrapi), mythologies, specifically Greek and Japanese mythology and female artists and writers (Anne Carson, Marina Warner, Leonora Carrington). The recurring motif of the cicada is my chosen symbol of rebirth, realisation and recovery.

Info

  • Previous degrees

  • BFA, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, 2014
  • Experiences

  • Workshop assistant, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Overdrawn', London Drawing Group, Buster Mantis, 2019; 'Trio', Old Fire Station, Oxford, 2016; OVADA Seven Counties Open, Oxford, 2015; Wells Art Contemporary, Wells and Mendip Museum, 2015
  • Publications

  • Drawn Poorly Magazine, Issue Four, 2019
  • Awards

  • Rishi Mullett-Sadones Memorial Prize, OVADA, 2016; Ashmolean Museum Vivian Leigh Prize, 2014; Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, London, 2017
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