Interviews | September 6, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of Alexandra Palmer

Interview: Alexandra Palmer
Luca Curci
talks with Alexandra Palmer during the 11th EDITION of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.

Alexandra Palmer was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1976. She graduated from college with a graphic design and advertising degree and worked for various design companies before starting her own Cape Town-based design company in 2004. In 2014, she moved to the US with her husband and children. In 2018, Alexandra began to expand her artistic and creative journey. Inspired by the sudden loss of a close family member, and reflections on her childhood memories, and stories, she wanted to find a way to capture and share the wonder of her South African home with others. Alexandra’s artistic style is minimalistic, contemporary, and strongly influenced by Africa’s beauty – its colours, patterns, textures and people (eleven official languages). She is a mixed media artist, working in stoneware & earthenware for her 3D pieces & acrylic & ink for her paintings. Since 2020, she has been splitting her time between the USA and Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve always had a passion for art and creative expression. For many years, my outlet for this was graphic design. With our move to the US, an awakening began to stir inside me, especially for my South African roots. I needed to find a new pathway of expression and the more traditional art forms of sculpting and painting have been the result. My hope is that I will be able to experience a little bit of South Africa, and new adventures in my life, with each piece I create.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Alexandra Palmer –
The graphic designer, studied in Cape Town, South Africa. Ran my own design studio. Moved to the USA in 2014. Started by ceramic art in 2018 after the sudden loss of a close family member, which stirred in me the desire to move away from my computer and express myself through creating with my hands.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AP –
My connection to home, South Africa – it’s beauty, people, history, colours, textures and patterns. Travel and experiences in my life.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
AP –
At this point in my artistic journey I don’t feel my style has changed much, but I do explore with new ideas, themes, colours, textures, shapes and sizes in my work.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
AP –
I feel satisifed when the journey from conception to holding my artwork in my hands is complete, but I feel most satisfied when my art emotively touches and connects with other people.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
AP –
I loved the concept “Future Landscapes” It fitted well with my existing collection “Tree of Life” – Baobab collection. The Baobab tree grows in arid environments and produces fruit when little else survives. As our world changes and future landscapes are unknown, this abstract “Tree of Life” – Baobab sculpture symbolizes, strength and the hope we all need to have to grow wherever we are planted.

LC – Can you explain something about the artwork you have in our exhibition?
AP –
The piece I submitted is an artistically designed vase called “Tree of Life” – Baobab. It is an earthenware vase, with artistic markings and splashes of gold. At the top of the vase are circular and star shaped imprints symbolic of the roots of the Baobab tree. The Baobab tree is known for its size and spiritual significance in many African cultures. It has several names, such as the “monkey bread tree” and the “upside down tree”… probably because in some parts of southern africa, local tradition says that God was so displeased with the taste of the fruit of the baobab that he turned it upside down such that its roots were on top. But for the most part, the Baobab tree is a symbol of African strength, grace, and presence! The name by which it is more commonly known, is the “Tree of Life”.

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LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AP –
Yes, I think it represents opportunities for artsists to represent their artworks in major art cities and have exposure on social media.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AP –
Working with itsliquid group was a joy. The communication was helpful and very forthcoming.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
AP –
I will continue to submit work to other exhibitions with itsliquid group, when I see the opportunity that works with my artworks.

LC – What do you think about our services?
AP –
The services were helpful and whenever I needed any questions answered, I had immediate responses. The shipping of my artwork was simple and information throughout the exhibition was supplied. I was happy to be a part of this exhibition and continue to get exposure to my art journey. Thank you for exhibiting my “Tree of Life” – Baobab vase in your Contemporary Venice 11th exhibition.

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