Danielle Zelna Alexander - Running Through Sand

Danielle Zelna Alexander, Solo exhibition – Running Through Sand

Running Through Sand is the debut solo Show by Danielle Zelna Alexander with Eclectica Contemporary. It is a body of work layered both physically and metaphorically. It is a wondering through identity – what is seen, what is assumed, what is fixed and what needs fixing. Duality and double meaning ring through the exhibition, as Alexander sets up visual questions and moments for pause and reflection. It is within this pause that the viewer may find a sense of safety, security and calm, masking a set of ideas and thoughts which are slightly more tense, vulnerable and in some cases, sinister. Resonating through the work is a soft subtleness which is both nostalgic and dystopic.

Aesthetically, the paintings explore slow detail and the momentary. By paging through magazines and scrolling through social media, Alexander has drawn from aspects of pop culture and fashion iconography to relate the imagery back to a kind of classism of soft forms and tones. The works are made up of layers of influence, oils and imaginings that verge on abstractions but are still very descriptive.

Using images quickly captured with a cell phone camera, Alexander enacts a kind of care and focus by translating such a quick image into a painstaking oil painting, imbued with layers of time, chemicals and colours. When working with plaster there is a different kind of interaction which also requires intent, planning and concentration because the materials dry very quickly. In this way, the process is inverted – where thinking and planning comes first, requiring certainty before setting out to make, as opposed to the quick click of a camera first before the meditative working of oil on canvas.

Running Through Sand is reminiscent of home, both safe and warm but containing the danger of comfort leading to complacency. The pieces are evident of grappling with these stances of being held and feeling secure and the realisation of needing to push beyond ease to recognise possibilities. Coming at a time in the artists life of progression and adjustment, the exhibition asks for a space of thought, consideration and patience while pushing viewers to piece together recognisable moments alongside musings of relatable existential conundrums.

Danielle Zelna Alexander, What Men are to Rocks and Mountains, 2019 oil on canvas 80.5 x 130 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
What Are Men To Rocks and Mountains?
2019
oil on canvas
80.5 x 130 cm

 Danielle Zelna Alexander, Without Expectation, 2019 plaster on board 40 x 120 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Without Expectation
2019
plaster on board
40 x 120 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander, When My Boots Are Heavy, 2019 oil on canvas 67.5 x 82 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
When My Boots Are Heavy
2019
oil on canvas
67.5 x 82 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander, With My Demons in Tow , 2019 oil on canvas 67.5 x 82 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
With My Demons in Tow
2019
oil on canvas
67.5 x 82 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander, Atlas, 2019 oil on canvas 65 x 90 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Atlas
2019
oil on canvas
65 x 90 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander, Hold Your Own Hand, 2019 oil on canvas 65.5 x 90.5cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Hold Your Own Hand
2019
oil on canvas
65.5 x 90.5 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander, When Evenings Were Long , 2019 oil on canvas 120 x 120 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
When Evenings Were Long
2019
oil on canvas
120 x 120 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander, Vision/Vista, 2019 plaster on board 40 x 120 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Vision/Vista
2019
plaster on board
40 x 120 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander, But Have You Ever Tried To Run Through Sand, 2019, oil on canvas 71 x 110 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
But Have You Ever Tried To Run Through Sand?
2019
oil on canvas
120 x 120 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexande Dunes 2019 crete stone on board 90 x 110 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Dunes
2019
crete stone on board
90 x 110 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander Dunes 2 2019 crete stone on board 97 x 100 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Dunes 2
2019
crete stone on board
97 x 100 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander, Refuge 2019 oil on canvas 96 x 91 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Refuge
2019
oil on canvas
96 x 91 cm