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Alexis Granwell

Alexis Granwell

Philadelphia, PA

Alexis Granwell

This unique intaglio print depicts time’s movement as ruination, artifact or geological process.  Granwell examines the bodily characteristics of our built environments. Structures of buildings, their skin and support, appear and disappear or are uncovered from the sediments of archeological layers.  Rejecting the notion of ruin as nostalgia, architectural structures diagram incompleteness or failure to capture moments in their entirety.  This imagery describes the unearthing of the past and the imperfect state of memory but also the possibility of viewing this fragmentation as openness to the future.

And So Forth (upward fold) is part of a series of printed works on paper that have a strong diagrammatic as well as ancient quality.  Marks and scratches, like bits of dust, build in density to create the contours of simplistic architecture, land mounds or rocks.  Color acts as a temporal shift, moving from one moment to another.  The process of printing the image and using several layers allows the image to slowly emerge from its atmosphere.


Fast Facts

Name: Alexis Granwell


Place of Birth: New York, New York

2007 University of Pennsylvania, Penn Design, MFA Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2003 Boston University, College of Fine Arts, BFA Painting (Magna Cum Laude), Boston, MA

Significant or special training:
Hand Papermaking

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Ed Smith, Matt Neff, Hitoshi Nakazato, Terry Adkins, Susana Jacobson

Particular field of study or class work:
Contemporary Artist

Major influences/admired artists:
Louise Bougeouis, Eva Hesse, Amy Sillman, Mono-Ha, Rebecca Solnit

Favorite materials or media:

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
I am a Professor of Art and currently teach at Tyler School of Art and Moore College of Art and Design

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Tiger Strikes Asteroid

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