Summer Artist in Residence
Residency: July 1-31
Since 1999, Gallery 1 has hosted our Summer Artist in Residence Program. This residency provides funding, studio space and professional support for an artist to produce a solo exhibition at Artspace.
Artspace is excited to welcome Claire Alexandre to our space as our 2022 Summer Artist in Residence. Claire will use this space throughout the month of July as her primary studio. During her time in residence, Claire will use this opportunity and space to lift up, engage and collaborate with marginalized communities in order to connect, celebrate and grow through different processes of art making. Claire’s work is rooted in her identity as a part of the African-Caribbean diaspora, her passion for ecology, and the importance of ancestral wisdom to contemporary life.
On August 5, please join us for the opening of her exhibition, which will embody a strong spirit of collaboration and community.
Claire Alexandre is a Diaspora child, Abolitionist feminist storyteller and student of all ecologies who weaves autobiographical reflections with ancestral wisdom. Through mixed media paintings and street art, she elaborates detailed portraits infused with notions of struggles and strength that exist at the intersection between environmental, gender, and racial justice. She seeks to deepen our collective understanding of community prosperity and its close ties with sustainable land stewardship.
From the studio to the street, canvas to concrete Claire Alexandre uses a wide variety of surfaces to reclaim space for the voices of marginalized communities–particularly Black queer women identifying folks–to be witnessed and celebrated in all their complexities and colors…She considers her paintings portals that carry the responsibility of offering alternative visions of the world, ones that encourage us to go beyond colonial conditioned understandings of who we are, who we can be, and what our duty on this earth is.
Her creative practice is founded on her desire to visually translate the unique stories existing in liminal spaces to empower folks whose experiences are too often undermined and attacked for lack of being clearly defined or recorded. As she creates, she continuously explores the intricate ways in which poetry influences science, herbalism speaks to politics, music shapes landscapes and data dances in our dreams.
Since Claire Alexandre began painting in 2018 she has done murals in Colombia, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Scotland and the US. She has completed residencies in Brazil and the US. In 2019 she was an invited speaker to the opening of the Beyond Despair: Environmental Humanities in Theory and Practice Art Exhibition in Durham, NC. Claire has recently completed two solo exhibitions, one at the Durham Arts Guild and the other at 21c Durham.