Biography & Artist Statement
Alexis Beucler is an artist currently residing in Mason City, Iowa where she is the Visual Arts Instructor and Gallery Coordinator at North Iowa Area Community College. She was born and raised in Florida where she studied studio art and earned a BFA at Florida State University. She currently holds her MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Iowa with secondary focuses in Printmaking and Book Arts.
Alexis has featured work in more than thirty domestic exhibitions in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and North Carolina. In the spring of 2019 she was invited to participate in the Grant Wood Public Art Residency where she learned best practice skills for murals and community based projects. Since then Alexis has created four murals each scaling more than 20 feet.
My current body of work comprises of a series of paintings and artist books that build a world, magical and real, liminal and intersexual. This world explores identity, sexuality, human futility, anxiety, passion, love. Characters repeat, landscapes intertwine, time ebbs and flows. Like memories drifting together in a dream, time isn’t linear but rather fragmented, sometimes circular, and intrinsically subverts traditional narrative tradition.
Bouncing from each tableau, characters discover who they are, what their passions are, on their own terms. As they transform, figures and landscapes merge and camouflage together, shedding subconscious cultural systematic ideologies and honing in on a conscious personal set of values. Currently this character growth is marked by a physical transition where characters grow long pollinator noses.
My hopes are to excavate the complexities of this Queering of Space— one that's delicate as a butterfly’s wing, constant as the sun, and rooted in mystery.