Alexis Pye

Region: West

Alexis Pye makes paintings about the fantastic that dwells in the mundane. Her work weaves the ordinary with embroidery frames that look into everyday life with a touch of the marvelous. She explores the tradition of portraiture as a way to express the Black body outside of its social constructs, evoking playfulness, wonder, and Blackness, as well as joys amidst adversity. These paintings offer intimate glimpses into the garden-immersed environments of her subjects. Pye is also interested in domestic space and surrealist elements, introducing the outside into the inside and vice versa. She is experimenting with furniture- and world-building, inspired by the philosophies of Black surrealist thinkers such as Aimé and Suzanne Césaire.