Emerging Sydney artist Alexandra English creates striking, surrealist tinged collage works with an impactful aesthetic allure. Having trained formally in graphic design, Alex bears an acute sensibility for bold, unified and unique compositions, an acumen that similarly informs her collage configurations.
Inspired by Surrealism, unique and charming artifacts and the impalpable other worldly gaze of fashion models, Alex favors high production value magazines as her source material, spanning fine art catalogues, collector’s publications and editorial fashion spreads. She fragments and reassembles these diverse elements to forge fresh, engaging new wholes and contexts, often with a twist of dreamlike absurdism.
Alex came to collage as the medium shares an affinity for the disjunction and erratic nature of life. Similarly, she finds the process of subverting, splintering and subsequently recomposing images resolutely cathartic.
Alex refers to her process as auto-collaging. Her compositions are often not conscious but emerge as the fragmented elements are pieced together on the page in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Bringing together images in this way ensures an exciting element of spontaneity and chance pervades her work.
Alex’s current series Eunoia aptly takes its name from the Greek word for “beautiful thinking”, and continues her highly aesthetically geared collage practice.