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Engaging phenomenological discussions in her painting and drawing practice, Alexandra Giannell investigates topics of identity, mass-displacement, imprisonment, genocide, and afterlife. Interrogating systemic structures that restrict and reshape the body, vision, and perception, Giannell’s works often operate as deep and expansive fields recording time, labor, and physicality, utilizing haptic mark-making processes to interweave elements of presence and absence within the language of abstraction.
Giannell has been an Artist in Residence with the Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation in Poland researching the Holocaust as well as the inaugural Artist in Residence with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project teaching in men's prisons. Her work has received multiple awards, including the Florita Eichel Memorial Purchase Award from the Evansville Museum of Art, History + Sciences in Evansville, IN and the Foy Gilmore Goodwyn Memorial Award from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, AL. Giannell's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, recently shown with the Museum of Art in Orem, UT (solo) as well as in two-person exhibitions (with Kristy Hughes) at Coker University in Hartsville, SC, Gaston College in Dallas, NC, and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Recently, she taught workshop "Into Afterlife" alongside poet Larry Sorkin with the Airy Knoll Arts Project and presented on "Collaboration + Connection" at the 2022 FATE conference hosted by MICA in Baltimore.
Currently, Giannell is an Assistant Professor of Painting + Drawing in the Department of Art + Design at Utah Valley University, having formerly taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University and Auburn University, as well as part-time with University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she was also the Department Gallery Coordinator. Giannell holds a diploma in Visual Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a MFA in Painting from Clemson University.
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