Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Velasco.
Alexandra, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started off as a kid in Mexico City with way too many feelings who needed an outlet of expression. My nanny, Rita, loved to draw with me, I think that is where it all started.
And my parents are intense culture junkies, so there were always books around the house and trips to museums. My mom had an incredible record collection with The Beatles, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and so many more. I remember pouring over the collection while she played them back to back and obsessing over the cover art, I still remember The Beatles ‘Revolver’ and Joni Mitchell’s ‘Clouds.’
It started from a combo of my mom’s art books, fashion magazines, and rock music. I wanted to be an artist so badly, growing up my spirit animal was Ethan Hawke in Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Great Expectations,’ the tortured artist in love with his unattainable muse.
I got to where I am by always making art and making decisions that allow me to keep creating on an almost daily basis, be it painting, collages, video art or graphic design.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
You know? I would call it more like a long-distance ocean voyage. There are storms that are followed by clear skies, sometimes you feel like giving up but then you spot land, and it is an incredible feeling. I’ve been lucky enough to have a very supportive family and friends who support my creative path and endeavors with much fervor and generosity.
Thanks to them, I am still creating art because without people’s support there would be nothing left. In reality, I am my own worst enemy, but that is also freeing because that means that I can do ANYTHING if I truly surrender myself to the process.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My art space is called Dreams Incarnate. That’s where I house most of my work. I am a multimedia artist, performer, and filmmaker born in Mexico City, presently residing in Los Angeles. My work centers around the political and performative body, exploring the formation and role of individual identities and how these interact with different environments.
I am interested in seeking beauty in uncomfortable places, in seeing the light in the dark, and vice-versa, and have always explored the outlined idea of gender and oneness.
I like to tell non-linear stories, create time-warped moments and challenge the point of our collective existence. Oftentimes a sense of the surreal, the uncomfortable, and the erotic incorporates itself in my created realities, be it in my films, collages, paintings or performances.
At the moment, I have found myself painting more than I have ever before, and I created the “Relax It’s Only Flesh” series where I re-purpose vintage denim jackets and paint torsos of women in the back panel. It is meant to normalize the female form and stop perceiving female nudity as inherently sexual.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Curiosity, and actually following that curiosity and allowing myself to explore. I am open to mistakes and to failure, and also remember to always look up.
- “Relax It’s Only Flesh” denim jackets are all unique one-of-a-kind hand-painted pieces that are priced at $190 each with shipping
- Website: dreamsincarnate.com
- Phone: 8186402126
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dreams_incarnate/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsincarnate
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/dreamsincarnate
- Other: http://dreamsincarnate.tictail.com/
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