Bio & Artist Statement
Alexis Beucler is an artist living and working in Iowa City, IA. Alexis was born and raised in tropical Florida. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL in 2013 with a BFA in Painting, a double major in English Literature, and minor in Art History. She exhibits work both regionally and nationally and is a recipient of the Janice Hartwell award. Now at the University of Iowa, Alexis is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing degree with a secondary focus in printmaking. Alexis teaches art at the University of Iowa, where she specializes in courses on drawing and ecology.
My work often intersects contemporary, classical, and cultural narrations through painting, artist books, and sculptural forms. Through these mediums, I investigate a landscape-figure relationship and weave together regional folklore and personal mythology.
I’m interested in spaces maximized with bright day-glow colors, patterns, and plants inspired by the hot and sticky swampland. When figures find themselves occupied by such a space-- one both familiar and estranged-- the excess within the landscape flows into excess of action. The landscape initiates this action and figures respond intuitively-- sometimes by indulging in a picnic and other times in vice. Here the viewer stumbles upon complex moments that examine abuse, passion, femininity, sexuality, violence, impulse; motives uncertain, right and wrongs are displaced and challenged.
Post-action and post-figure, the landscape holds secrets and absorbs the aftermath of intensity-- bodies are rolled in carpet and gifted to the land, cinder blocks hold weight at the bottom of a lake, plants overtake red solo cups. One solution for the landscape to deal with this absorption of human action is to seek safety through razzle-dazzle camouflaging techniques: dense patterns repeat from mountain forms into plants and clothing-- attention diverted, ambiguous space mirrors ambiguous motives.