ARTIST STATEMENT

I work in textile and movement to explore personal and collective preservation, restoration, and expansion. Handmade banners (dyed, stitched, torn, appliqued, inked, embroidered) reference the visual, kinetic, and metaphoric elements of parades. They often feature intimate stories and totems of personal history; the pieces themselves becoming acts of reclamation, documentation, myth creation. My work prods the spaces between our individual and collective parades of self – assuming an audience, crafted for display – and our experience of living within that presentation: what do we say/display of ourselves to ourselves? How does it shape us as we shape it? Each piece I make is worked entirely by hand - pushing into the intimacy and tenderness that cloth allows, in contrast and/or conversation with the boldness of parade.

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              Video by Ryan Stopera about my process, my inspiration, and what it means to me to be a part of PF Studios.

                                                                   Song is "Better Git it in Your Soul," by Charles Mingus.

 

BIO

Alexandra Beaumont is a textile artist and dancer. She was born and raised in South Carolina to a Jamaican father and American mother, both working musicians. She attended the residential South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities throughout high school, focusing on dance and visual arts, and went on to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where she studied fashion design. After working in New York City as a menswear designer, she returned to a fine arts practice, incorporating her love for fabrics and hand sewing. She now lives in Minneapolis, MN, where she makes work centering themes of personal reconstruction, community, and celebratory display.

 

Video by Sophia Abrams about my practice and work in Change is God: Take Root Among the Stars -

Black Abstraction in the Midwest, at SooVac in Minneapolis, MN

 

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EDUCATION

2005-2007

Pratt Institute
BFA Program – Fashion Design

EDUCATION

2001-2005

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts and Dance

SOLO EXHIBITION

September - October 2022

Version, Ridgewater College

Hutchinson, MN and Wilmar, MN

EXHIBITION

November 2022

Paradox, Acme Collective

Minneapolis, MN

EXHIBITION

October - November 2022

Smoke and Ground, Public Functionary

Minneapolis, MN

EXHIBITION

September - October 2022

Series, Site:Brooklyn

Online Exhibition

EXHIBITION

September - October 2022

New Contemporaries, Dodomu Gallery

Online Exhibition

EXHIBITION

August - September 2022

Minnesota State Fair 2022 Fine Arts Exhibition

St. Paul, MN

EXHIBITION

July - August 2022

I Figure: Contemporary Figurative Art, Arts Benicia

Benicia, Ca

EXHIBITION

July 2022

Women in Art 2022, Las Lagunas Art Gallery

Laguna Beach, CA

EXHIBITION

July 2022

Sehnsucht, Field Projects

New York, NY

EXHIBITION

June - July 2022

Change is God: Take Root Among the Stars - Black Abstraction in the Midwest, SooVAC

Minneapolis, MN

EXHIBITION

June - July 2022

Weaving Fragments, Form + Content Gallery

Minneapolis, MN

EXHIBITION

June - December 2022

Chroma, MSP International Airport

St. Paul, MN

EXHIBITION

May - July 2022

Painting at Night, Collar Works and Artist/Mother Podcast

Troy, NY

EXHIBITION

May - June 2022

Perfect Imperfections: Faces and Figures, Women United Art Movement

Online Exhibition

EXHIBITION

May - June 2022

Face to Face, ARC Gallery

San Francisco, CA

EXHIBITION

May - June 2022

Through Mossy Ways, I Like Your Work

Online and Catalog Exhibition

EXHIBITION

April - May 2022

The Deeply Rooted, Woman Made Gallery

Chicago, IL

EXHIBITION

February - March 2022

Our Neighborhood, AD Gallery at UNC Pembroke

Pembroke, NC

EXHIBITION

January - March 2022

Portrayal: Re-Present, Eagan Art House

Eagan, MN

EXHIBITION

November - December 2021

Nourish, PF Studios

Minneapolis, MN

EXHIBITION

September 2021

In.Art, Hallberg Center for the Arts

Wyoming, MN

EXHIBITION

August 2021

C4W:2021 Elemental, Gamut Gallery

Minneapolis, MN

EXHIBITION

June 2021

Art and Social Justice

Ellington-White Contemporary Art Gallery

Fayetteville, NC

EXHIBITION

July 2019

Midwest Mixed Conference Exhibition
Minneapolis, MN

PERFORMANCE

May 14th - 15th, 2022

"Line Square Circle", Reset, YoungDance

St. Paul, MN

PERFORMANCE

March 25th, 2022

Generic Minneapolis, Red Eye Theater

Minneapolis, MN

PERFORMANCE

July 10th, 2021

CollabArts Vol.3, DanceBarn Collective

St. Paul, MN

RESIDENCY

July 2022

Tofte Lake Center
Ely, MN

RESIDENCY

October - December 2021

Workroom Residency, YoungDance
St. Paul, MN

AWARD

1st Place; Textiles, Minnesota State Fair 2022 Fine Arts Exhibition

August 2022

GRANT

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Next Step Fund

2022 - 2023

PROGRAMMING

May 2022

Line Square Circle - Choreography Project, YoungDance

St. Paul, MN

PROGRAMMING

December 2021

Get Up to Get Down, Dance Workshop

St. Paul, MN            

PROGRAMMING

October - December 2020

Art on the Ballot, Lawn Sign Exhibition (with Angie Tillges)

Minneapolis, MN

COHORT LEARNING

Summer - Fall 2021

Transformational Creative Strategies Training (TRCSTR)
Arts and organizing training, sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and HOPE Community
Minneapolis, MN

ORGANIZATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS

Summer 2021 - Current

Public Functionary - PF Studios
Minneapolis, MN