Project Description

Danielle Zelna Alexander

Practice:

Her monochrome works are somewhat influenced by the Monochrome paintings of the 1960s and how they could change depending on how light and shadow fell. She aims to create a mood through a focus on texture rather than colour, reducing a painting to its basic elements to expose its raw essence. It is focussed even in its abstraction creating a moment of reflection, a pause. Through this she explores the concept of being “fixed” in stone in relation to notions of positionality and identity.

There is often an overlap between the use of crete stone/ wall crack filler and the traditional medium of oil paint in her work. One which has been “fixed” in the canon of art history and one which is an industrial material used to hold a specific position, conceal a fault or fix a crack. Using imagery of drapery and various borrowed symbolism she links this to mundane objects and moments from her own domestic spaces creating an illusion of a grander narrative but instead used this to highlight something personal yet vague, understanding the complexities of fluctuating identity being veiled, assumed, imposed or misunderstood.

Current exhibition:

Her current exhibition carries familiar elements of seductive drapery and cloth in various stages of action as well as crete stone embedding and solidifying moments on canvas. There is a slight shift seen with the inclusion of figures which are usually completely excluded from her work. The theme revolves around a costume drama and various stages of letting go of and assuming or taking on a new “self”. In this way she explores the pressures of having a fixed identity and knowing who and what that is.

Artist Biography:

Danielle Alexander is a young, Cape Town based artist and graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She majored in Painting and Visual and Art History which is notable in some of the art historical references and characteristics seen in her oil paintings with specific inspiration being drawn from Neoclassism and Baroque imagery. She uses images of linen found in her personal domestic spaces as her subject matter using the creases and folds of the drapery in place of body to communicate emotions of tension, passivity or drama. This is used as a metaphor to reveal and conceal broader concerns and questions around institutional critique within a Fines Arts context and its canons of established or recognisable symbolism, as well as more personal concerns such as vulnerability and agency. Her compositions always have a façade of composure but there is always an underlying current of tension, vulnerability, questioning and hopefulness.

She is also concerned with mundane objects, subject matter and materiality often putting those elements in conversation with one another to heighten their assumed value. She often works with alternative media such as Crete stone, polyfilla and plaster to create textured paintings but again comments on notions of the seen and unseen through the use of materials usually associated with hiding or fixing cracks or faults. By using them as her primary materials she brings them to the forefront both conceptually and aesthetically, hereby changing their value and meaning.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019, Running Through Sand, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019, New Light, No5 On Hudson, Cape Town
  • 2018, Tastemakers Collection, No5 On Hudson, Cape Town
  • 2018, Beholder – Eclectica Collection, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town
  • 2018, KWAAI, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town

Artworks:

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

Danielle Zelna Alexander Between Peripheries, between Perspectives, 2017 Oil on Canvas 101.5 x 76cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Between Peripheries, between Perspectives
2017
Oil on Canvas
101.5 x 76 cm
SOLD

Danielle Zelna Alexander, Refuge, 2018 Oil on canvas 76 x 91cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Refuge
2018
Oil on canvas
76 x 91 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander, Overcome, 2017 Oil on canvas 31 x 31cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Overcome
2017
Oil on canvas
31 x 31 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander Yellow Brick Road, 2017 Oil on canvas 41 x 41cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Yellow Brick Road
2017
Oil on canvas
41 x 41 cm
SOLD

Danielle Zelna Alexander Tempest 2018 oil on canvas 41 x 41 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Tempest
2018
oil on canvas
41 x 41 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander Tempered 2018 oil on canvas 41 x 41 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Tempered
2018
oil on canvas
41 x 41 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander Soft, 2017 oil on canvas 25 x 25cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Soft
2017
Oil on canvas
25 x 25 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander Restrained (Knot), 2017 Oil on canvas 31 x 31 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Restrained (Knot)
2017
Oil on canvas
31 x 31 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander Imprint,Impression, 2017 plaster on hessian 54 x 54cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Imprint/Impression
2017
Plaster on hessian
54 x 54 cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander Emerald City Dreaming(series) 2018 Oil on canvas 41 x 41cm
Danielle Zelna Alexander Emerald City Dreaming(series) 2018 Oil on canvas 41 x 41cm
Danielle Zelna Alexander Emerald City Dreaming(series) 2018 Oil on canvas 41 x 41cm

Danielle Zelna Alexander
Emerald City Dreaming(series)
2018
Oil on paper
41 x 41cm