Region: Pacific Coast
Alexandra Noel’s small-scale paintings and sculptures deal with issues of representation, agency, age, scale, and our relationship with digital media and screen time. Her work deals with the tension between flatness and depth in a psycho-spatial sense, with her sculptures often mimicking toys while maintaining a conversation with the handheld quality of her paintings. Often subjects lack shadows while exuding a sense of impending or imploding doom. The capitalism of image pollution seeps its way into the haze of her work. Subjects as seemingly disparate as a baby’s teeth coming in and the demise following global warming are explored with equivalent intensity, often playing with the actual size of the reference subject. Noel explores how to look at painting and sculpture and moments of modern anxieties within the same familiar scaled frame as a movie or a text message to a friend.