An American artist who also spent several years residing in Europe, Alexandra Giannell engages phenomenological discussions in her painting and drawing practice, centering around topics of displacement, imprisonment, and afterlife. Giannell’s works often operate as expansive fields recording time, labor, and physicality, utilizing haptic mark-making processes within the language of abstraction to dualistically interweave presence and absence. Researching and interrogating systemic structures which restrict the body, vision, perception, and identity, she was selected as an Artist in Residence with the Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation in Poland as well as the inaugural Artist in Residence with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project in 2019.
Housed in numerous permanent and private collections, Giannell’s work has been the recipient of multiple awards, most recently including the Florita Eichel Memorial Purchase Award from the Evansville Museum of Art, History + Sciences and the Foy Gilmore Goodwyn Memorial Award from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited in solo, two-person, and group shows nationally and internationally, including select venues such as Galeria Pieńków, Manifest Drawing Center, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Goodyear Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Clemson University, Indiana University Bloomington, University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of North Carolina Asheville, Gaston College, Spring Hill College, Northwest Florida State College, Evansville Museum of Art, History + Sciences, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Giannell presented on her socially-engaged prison workshop, “Mark-Making: The Language of Existence,” with the University of Delaware as a Visiting Artist as well as in the 2020 SECAC conference, and will co-present on co-taught interdisciplinary course, “Beyond the Surface: Marking Time in the Physical and Digital World,” in the 2021 FATE conference. Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University Bloomington, Giannell attended the two-year Visual Arts Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and holds a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an MFA in Painting from Clemson University.
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