Alex McKenzie

Region: South

About two years ago, I developed a strong interest in Theseus’s paradox. My curiosity was originally spurred by my uncle’s hobby of car restoration: I was fascinated by the idea that a metal structure could enter his shop and be completely disassembled and then reassembled with brand-new parts, all the while retaining the same identity. Everything that originally existed in that car was gone, but the gradual process of change allowed its character to remain.

These paintings derive from the same train of thought. There is an emphasis on time, change, and identity. They are conceived with the intent to subvert finality. There is no attempt to visually represent a narrative; rather, the content is constructed over time by the changes evident in the work—the history that forms. I paint and repaint in a deliberate exercise in letting go. It is difficult sometimes.