August 5 - 26, 2023
From Redbud Arts Center:
“We are thrilled to showcase the talent of Alexandra Ellena and her captivating exploration of cryptids. Her artwork is not only visually stunning but also sparks a sense of curiosity and wonder. Art lovers and curious minds are encouraged to attend the opening reception to immerse themselves in the enchanting world created by Ellena and gain a deeper understanding of the mysteries that lie within her art. “The Realm of Curiosities” will be on display until August 26.
Cryptids are recognized by all walks of life, each with their own story behind them. These animal-like creatures carry stories to teach lessons or give warnings in different cultures. Normally recognized as supernatural or mythical creatures, their stories drew me to explore them as most people have heard of them or know about them. Being pulled to the odd or unusual myself, I find it intriguing that all cultures have their own versions of these cryptids. During my study I found cryptids not only vary around the world, but there are new cryptids being discovered today in the world of technology.
Choosing to work 2D and 3D alludes to the question of their existence. 2D represented by copper and dry point etching gives the viewer a feeling of comfort in the sense they’re only images. Whereas the 3D sculptures place these entities within our world and space making the viewer think more about their existence. I chose to use plate manipulation to create a mysterious feel to the images. However, the sculptures are focused more on large dimensions and texture to create a lifelike feel of what it would be like to be face to face with one of these entities. “
Reception: August 5, 2023 | 6–9 pm
303 East 11th Street
Houston, 77008 TX
(713) 862-2532Get directions