DEBORAH ALEXANDER ‘S ART: RECONSTRUCTING WHAT IS BROKEN

She will exhibit at “Barcelona Showcase”, next December 10, located in Gaudì’s Casa Battlò.

 

My fellow artist Deborah Alexander will exhibit in Barcelona, next December 10, 2011, at Casa Battlò, the Gaudì’s architectural jewel (from 10,30 am to 22,30 pm). I met Deborah and her beautiful art in London, last October: she participated at Parallax AF at La Galleria too. During those days, I had the way to admire her paintings – so particular: they seem to come from another dimension or from our inner feelings and sensations – and to know about her human and artistic experience.

 

Deborah Alexander was born in 1959 in Perth Australia, the first of four children, to a father who had been posted to New Guinea with the Dutch Army and mother who had immigrated with her family from England. Her father had been brought up in a cruel Dutch orphanage and not speaking english, married unaware that his wife had a psychotic mental illness. She says: “My father had no concept of family and my mother very few boundaries, resulting in a childhood with little conversation during my formative years and a distorted sense of reality, home life was often unsettling and disturbing.”

 

Her paintings are a metaphorical unravelling of the past, searching for order and healing, often patterned they provide a way of viewing, of looking beneath the surface. Attempting to break down the ‘persona’ that shields her sensitive inner being. She wants to find what is precious and reconstruct what is broken. Deborah is interested in language, in conveying meaning and exploring mark making, an expressive gesture that begins in early childhood in which she believes is beyond language both spoken and written and can articulate a glimpse into the depths of self.

 

Deborah has engaged in painting most of her life but it wasn’t until she was in her forties and her children old enough that she managed to study Fine Art to Honours Degree Level at Suffolk College 2005. Then in the last year of her Degree she ran art workshops at East Suffolk MIND and created art for their reception at The Rosemary Lane Centre in Ipswich. Continuing in her studies part time for a MA Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design 2007 while also being employed as Artist in Residence at Ipswich Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Department. After a two year gap following her late husbands illness and consequent death in 2008 she now works from Newbourne Studios 21, Mill Road, Newbourne Suffolk.

 The “Barcelona Showcase” at Casa Battlò is another opportunity to know Deborah Alexander’s art.

 www.newbournestudios.com.

 

 

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ROME PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT GAUDI’

 From November 24 to January 15, 2012, an extraordinary series of events under the sign of the great Catalan architect.

 

Rome will host from November 2011 to January 2012 an extraordinary series of events under the sign of the great Antoni Gaudí. This important cultural project will bring great events dedicated to the great Catalan architect and his iconic and universally known work: the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain). The exhibition – “Gaudí and the Sagrada Familia. Art, science and spirituality “- is housed in the St. Peter’s Basilica, Braccio di Carlomagno, Vatican City, Rome, from November 24, 2011 to January15, 2012.

The exhibition will present works of Antoni Gaudí through the relationship between art, architecture and transcendence. Commissioner and curator of the exhibition is the Catalan art historian Daniel Giralt-Miracle. In parallel to the important events connected with the exhibition will be held in Rome a series of academic and institutional activities designed to investigate the various aspects of Catalan culture and the church in the present era of Gaudí. The initiatives are made possible with support from the Fundación Endesa and the Fundació “la Caixa”, as well as support of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Pontifical Council for Culture. The exhibition, which takes place on a proposal and under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Culture, will be divided into six sections: Gaudí and the Sagrada Familia, Art, Other buildings of Gaudí, Science, Technology in the Sagrada Familia and La Sagrada Familia Spirituality Today .

This route, which will occupy an area of approximately 800 m², will frame Antoni Gaudí in his historical and artistic context. His masterpiece, la Sagrada Família, will be analyzed from the technical, artistic and religious aspects. . Among the exhibits there will be reconstructions about Gaudí era, plants, furnitures and liturgical objects – designed by the architect himself – photographic and audio-visual supports coming from the collections of the Museum of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

 info@artifexarte.it

 www.gaudiaroma.cat

 

ROMA RENDE OMAGGIO AL GRANDE GAUDI’

La città del Vaticano e la città di Roma ospiteranno nei mesi di novembre, dicembre e gennaio prossimi una straordinaria serie di eventi nel segno di Antoni Gaudí. Arte, Scienza e Spiritualità è l’importante progetto culturale che porterà in Vaticano e a Roma imperdibili appuntamenti espositivi ed accademici dedicati al grande architetto catalano e alla sua emblematica e universalmente conosciuta opera: la Sagrada Familia. La mostra – “Gaudí e la Sagrada Família. Arte, scienza e spiritualità” – è allestita nella Basilica di San Pietro, Braccio di Carlomagno, Città del Vaticano, Roma, dal 24 novembre 2011 al 15 gennaio 2012.

La rassegna illustrerà attraverso le opere di Antoni Gaudí il rapporto tra l’arte, l’architettura e la trascendenza. Commissario e curatore della mostra è lo storico d’arte catalano Daniel Giralt-Miracle. In parallelo all’importante manifestazione di carattere espositivo si svolgeranno a Roma una serie di attività istituzionali ed accademiche volte ad approfondire i molteplici aspetti della cultura e della chiesa catalana, nell’epoca di Gaudí e nell’attualità. Le iniziative sono rese possibili grazie al patrocinio della Fundación Endesa e della Fundació “la Caixa”, oltre al supporto della Generalitat de Catalunya e del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura.

La mostra, che si realizza su proposta e sotto gli auspici del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura, si articolerà in sei sezioni: Gaudí e la Sagrada Família, Arte; Altri edifici di Gaudí, Scienza; Tecnologia nella Sagrada Família, Spiritualità e La Sagrada Família oggi. Attraverso questo percorso, che occuperà una superficie di circa 800 m², si inquadrerà nel proprio contesto storico ed artistico la figura di Antoni Gaudí e delle sue opere, in particolare della Sagrada Família, di cui si analizzeranno gli aspetti tecnico-artistici e il messaggio religioso in essa contenuto. Tra gli oggetti in mostra vi saranno plastici dell’epoca di Gaudí, piantine, mobilia ed oggetti liturgici disegnati dallo stesso architetto e provenienti dalle collezioni del Museo della Sagrada Família, con relativo materiale fotografico e audiovisivo di supporto.