Mardi de Veuve Alexis
Mardi’s current body of work is inspired by an evolving urban environment, urbanization as a condition, and contemporary culture. Before moving to the Coachella Valley last year, she worked from her Venice, CA studio. There, she was viscerally impacted by the changing neighborhood and demographics; and the noise, energy and edginess of new construction. She saw new structures rise vertically to unexpected new heights, marginalizing once amply sun lit creative spaces. Graffiti of all shapes and sizes most often depicted on the grey backdrop of concrete have become rampant as an exciting urban art form communicating an evolving cultural diversity. Mardi, a frequent international traveller, has found this to be a universal phenomenon signaling change and evolution, which she finds disturbing and invigorating at the same time.
As an abstract artist, Mardi typically communicates a theme and palette with pattern, mark making, layering and textural effects through mixed media and collage. Utilizing energetic brushstrokes that invoke movement and change, she strives to communicate beauty and elements of design readily visible in virtually all aspects of everyday life, if only we look. As far as process goes, she allows herself the freedom to express without judgment or boundaries. Thoughts and ideas spill out on canvas, panel or paper. Drawings, layered patterns, shapes, colors and textures are merged, transformed and energized with paint, stained papers or newsprint, mylar and other materials. Often sticking to a neutral or monochromatic palette, she uses velvety black charcoal, inks, gouache and acrylic paints, with just an occasional surprise of pigment.