Cape Town, 1985
Lives and works in London
Masters Degree in Sculpture
from the Royal College of Art, London
The work of Alex Strachan draws upon traditional motifs of the painterly ‘still-life’ and domestic scenes through an approach to sculpture that Strachan likens to drawing in space. Elements of the everyday are reworked, taking on tangibly familiar forms. There is a candid playfulness in her work wherein its materiality is emphasized, allowing her objects to act as both illustrations of things and make evident the means by which the objects are themselves made.
Accidental relationships found in between work-in-progress and surplus materials in the artist's’ studio inspire the sculptures. This dialogue is recreated when Strachan’s works are displayed by the way in which they are grouped and installed. Influences such as the studio paintings of Matisse and the domestic spaces painted by Bonnard are combined with the humour of Franz West’s sculptures and the Omega Workshop’s abstract ceramics, furniture and textiles.