Alexis Beucler is an artist living and working in Iowa City, IA, where she is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing with a secondary focus in printmaking at the University of Iowa. Alexis was born and raised in Florida and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University, Tallhassee, FL in 2013 with a BFA in Painting, secondary focuses in book arts and printmaking, a double major in English Literature, and minor in Art History. Alexis is currently teaching art at the University of Iowa, where she specializes in courses on drawing and ecology.
Statement from the artist
My work often intersects contemporary, classical, and cultural narrations through painting, artist books, and soft sculptural forms. Through these mediums, I investigate a landscape-figure relationship. Within the hot and sticky swampland is a space maximized with bright day-glow colors, patterns, and plants. When figures find themselves occupied by such a space-- one both familiar and estranged-- the excess within the landscape flows into excess of action.
Bacchus presents himself subtly through the body of the landscape. Figures overindulge themselves and explore regional folklore and personal mythology. In a space so dense, viewers catch glimpses of private-made-public moments-- moments that examine abuse and passion, femininity, sexuality, violence, impulse, indulgence, and the ambiguity of any given situation. Motives uncertain, right and wrongs are displaced and challenged.
My most recent body of work has shifted from bawdy figures activating space and now, the landscape is the initial activator and figures respond intuitively. The landscapes hold secrets and absorb the aftermath of intensity-- bodies are rolled in carpet and gifted to the land and cinder blocks hold weight at the bottom of a lake.
One solution for the landscape to deal with this absorption of human action is to seek camouflage. There are two ways to camouflage-- blend with your surroundings or stand-out so much as to create confusion. Razzle-dazzle ships from WWI did just that. Complex geometric shapes and patterns overwhelm the surface of the ship and confuse attackers. Mirroring this approach, the landscapes have become inundated with plants and texture. Dense patterns repeat from mountain forms into plants and clothing-- here ambiguous space mirrors ambiguous motives.