Collage 22



“It comes in three bits. This bit on the left, which is my childhood, and then this end bit which is my dreams, and then the middle bit is my reality now. In the first bit I used a picture of a colony of penguins, and they’re all the same. When I moved to live with my mum, I felt that I was different and everyone else was the same. That’s me, and that’s my shadow. It represents me as a child being scared. The lion represents anything scary. There was a lot of disorder, a lot of fear. This up here represents the communication I didn’t have with the people around me (a field of satellite dishes). This eye here – I was very paranoid and I used to think there were cameras in the corners of my room, and I used to think I was being spied on. It was without end, it was going on and on. This bit on the right hand side, I’ll move on to that because when I was young I had dreams and expectations to live a nice tranquil life. Flowers represent nice things, the birds nice things, the gold nice things. And then this bit here in the middle is my reality. As I got older I became a woman on an island. That’s me most of the time, in a cage. The TV: I spend my time watching TV. There’s a lot of control that comes through the TV. I put that there because if we watch a lot of TV they are controlling you and you become a sheep”.

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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.

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