Collages 5


“I feel like the world’s racing by. And then there’s my mind being on food, hence the brain being on a food train, and the pint of beer because I do tend to drink, and perhaps a bit too much.”


“This one’s more about my paranoia and self-critical views. Both sets of police in the picture are to do with feeling like the police are against me and they just basically want to harm me. That’s because of being arrested by the police on previous occasions where they’ve been a bit heavy-handed. The man who appears to be popping out of a window and shouting in an angry way is a self critical person where I might have done something in a fit of rage and suddenly become critical of myself for doing that. ‘Pyroclastic man’ as I call him represents a quite volatile part of myself. He’s nothing like a super-hero, but something that is more a part of myself that I don’t really like. He is bit out of control, a bit explosive and when he surfaces he just has to run his course. The crowds of people represent how my mind races and bounces between different thoughts. Sometimes its hard to work out which thought I should be following. The legs are about feeling like someone’s working with the police trying to bring trouble my way. Its just frightening really, not knowing what’s going on. Now I’m thankful that there is help out there and I’m not alone. I don’t really like what happened, but I like the fact that the police opted for getting me help rather than arresting me.”


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Alexa Wright

Alexa Wright works with photography, video, sound and interactive digital media. Her practice often exists at the intersection of art and medical science. Alexa’s work has been shown widely, both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: 'Slippage, The Unstable Nature of Difference', Chester University Gallery (2015); 'Crafting Anatomies', Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (2015); 'Hybrid Bodies', PHI Centre, Montreal (2014); 'Archisle Photography Open', Jersey Arts Centre, St Helier, Jersey (2013); (honorable mention); 'Portas Abertas', Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal (2013); 'Digital Aesthetic 3', Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston (2012); 'Born in 1987: the Animated Gif', Photographer’s Gallery, London (2012). Alexa is Reader in Photography and Visual Culture at the University of Westminster in London, UK. Her single-authored book, ‘Monstrosity the human monster in visual culture’ was published by IB Tauris in June 2013. Funded by the Arts Council, Alexa is currently artist in residence at two Mental Health Recovery Centres in North London, UK.