Artist Alex Sax creates drawings, prints, and sculptures that explore our connection to history and the environment. For the last several years she has focused on making garden portraits of historic gardens and gardens she visits. She aims to capture the beauty and spirit of the natural world in her work.
Sax creates her drawings slowly over time by building each area up with several layers of marks using India ink. She starts with a clear image in mind, but the process allows for surprises and shifts. Each drawing has a rich mark making history. Her detailed ink technique and her use of color washes on top of the ink when adding color was influenced by her time spent studying Traditional Ubud Style Painting while living in Bali, Indonesia. Sax’s work is also influenced by her study of Indian miniature painting in Udaipur, India.
Sax also creates whimsical and imaginative fictional history installations based on specific people, places and characters. These projects are meant for all ages and include small cast paper and bronze animal sculptures, drawings and prints. Each installation includes an artist book and textural histories document the work.
Each stage in Alexandra Sax’s sculptural process introduces a new material, and adds a richness of surface and character. She begins by sewing the animals in fabric then fills the forms with cotton. The fabric forms are then cast in paper and the fabric animal is pulled out from the paper sculpture.
When making the bronze sculptures the cast paper is used for a direct burnout to cast in bronze. As the materials changes from fabric to paper and paper to bronze, the previous form is lost. The animals become highly individualized through this transformative process.