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Interview published in the Exeter Bulletin Fall 2019 issue

Interview published in the Exeter Bulletin Fall 2019 issue
Phillips Exeter Academy's quarterly magazine The Exeter Bulletin has published an interview of Alexandra Carter by Genny Beckman Moriarty. Click the image to read the full article!


Alexandra Carter

Berries for Baubo

September 14th-28th 2019 
Public Opening September 14th 8:00pm-10:00pm 

Radiant Space
1444 N Sierra Bonita Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046

Curated by Olivia Mia Orozco

Berries for Baubo offers up divine nectars--juice, blood, milk, wine--from the breast, from the seed, and from the roots. It is birth, explosion, and expulsion. It is woman, beast, and god. It is red.

Alexandra Carter’s latest body of work explores fertility in terms of agriculture and the female body.  Her paintings, made with layers of puddled pigment and collaged imagery on translucent drafting film, mimic explosive, liquid bodies splashing out of their own skins. Influenced by folklore and mythology, she quotes deities of jest, filth, lust, and light. Baubo, the exhibition’s fitting namesake, personifies the celebratory nature of the approaching harvest season, alongside a certain burlesque attitude. Women perform a sumptuous dance between maiden, mother, and crone. Wanton figures of myth and fairytale embroil themselves within the monstrous feminine and the maternal grotesque.

Carter comes from a family of cranberry farmers in New England. The berry is a repeated icon in the artist’s visual lexicon: the fruit is like a garnet ambrosia, an exalted potion that seeps through all the works and intoxifies its subjects. Photographs of berries and botanical illustrations replace and adorn parts of the female body.  Breasts become globular appendages that bubble up, guzzle down, shrivel, leak, and lactate. Carter also uses cranberry as a medium; in some of the works the juice stains antique linens, connecting the mark to an intimate bodily history. 

Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, September 14th beginning at 7pm. We will be will be serving specialty cocktails using the artist's signature medium of cranberry juice.  

"All gods are hot" named in Artillery's Top 10 Picks of 2018

"All gods are hot" named in Artillery's Top 10 Picks of 2018
"All gods are hot" was chosen as one of the year's top 10 picks by critic Annabel Osberg in Artillery Magazine. See the lineup online and in the current print issue of Artillery!

Carter’s brushwork and stylization are so graceful that even fleshly seepage assumed curious elegance in her maze of translucent double-sided paintings addressing existential paradoxes through lenses of mythology, fairytales and female surrealists. -Artillery, Jan/Feb 2019