Statement & C.V.

Bio

Alexandra Ross creates multimedia installations based around her experience being raised by parents whose isolationism, commitment to unschooling, and frequent moves created a life experience of disruption and survival. Now based in rural Manitoba, her work explores themes of personal chaos and emergent internal order within that chaos. Her installations include work in clay, print and photography as well as assemblage sculptures containing found objects interacting with each medium. Since arriving in Canada she has obtained her BFA at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art (2020).  Alexandra mounted her first solo exhibition at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre (2015) and has since participated in a number of group shows in Winnipeg as well as a print exchange in Grand Forks (2019).  Alexandra was awarded the Undergraduate Research Award (2018) under professor Grace Nickel as well as two UMSU scholarships. Currently she is completing a year long placement in the Rural Artist Mentorship Program through Manitoba Arts Network and Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art. 

Statement

Often taking the form of multimedia installations and assemblage sculpture, Alexandra Ross’s work explores themes of chaos and order from her personal narrative. While her practice is based in Mitchell, Manitoba, she grew up moving frequently, an experience that deeply informs her work. In her photography she takes events from her past and weaves them together to create images of contemporary ritual as well as symbolic and performative identity. Her clay practice is experimental and pushes clay past its traditional uses into whimsical sculptural experiments. Her use of traditional print techniques to create surface narratives and multiples within her work. She weaves these distinct practices together to create assemblage sculptures as well as multimedia installations to explore her personal narrative, inviting the viewer to consider the complexity of human experience and contemplate how past choices play into current identity.

Exhibitions

Solo

2019 Anthropocene Gallery of Student Art, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

2015 The Vanishing Grasslands Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, Steinbach, Canada.

Group

2019 Thousand Miles Apart Gallery of Student Art, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

2019 Latent Images School of Art Student Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

2019 Student Print Exchange, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, USA 

2018 School of Art Student Show the Edge Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

2018 Where are you from?  Gallery of Student Art, Winnipeg, Canada

2017 Contemporaries Inaugural Exhibition of the School of Art Student Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

2017 Show and Create, Edge Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

Installations

2018 Prairie Outdoor Exhibition, Winnipeg Folk Festival,

2017 Summertide The Forks, Winnipeg, Canada

2017 Prairie Outdoor Exhibition, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Canada

Awards

2018 Undergraduate Research Award

2017 & 2018  UMSU Scholarship

Education

2020-2021 Rural Arts Mentorship Program, Manitoba Arts Network/ Mentoring Artist’s for Women’s Art

2020 Bachelor of Fine Arts. School of Art, University of Manitoba.