Alexa Coe, 26, is a London-based artist whose work is about the cross over between play and refusal of feminine culture. “I like to find paradox within the images, to create ambiguity. The images are usually laced with a tad of erotica.” She explains. “My girls are even presented usually half way in between dressing and undressing, they stand in flux, much like the pursuit of feminism, which although is always moving forward, often struggles against pre-existing prejudice. I work purely in pencil or ink on paper. Drawing for me is about an authenticity that is lacking from society, especially when it comes to gender orientated imagery."
Alexandria Grace Coe
Birth date 22/10/90
Where are you originally from? England
Where do you currently live? England
Preferred art medium Drawing / pencil
Hobby or interest aside from art? I also teach Yoga, which is purely a pleasure thing rather than to make money. Though is a perfect way to explore ideas and aid creativity.
Guilty pleasures? A good G + T, or may be three…
Who are some of your favorite artists? Andy Warhol, Egon Scheila, Sanja Ivekovic….
Favorite movie? Hard to choose… but it would be currently “A girl walks home alone at night”- it’s a film noir, feminist, Iranian black comedy with an amazing soundtrack.
Favorite book? To kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. No book has left me with such hope as this one.
There is a Live Nina Simone album from 1976. Its very raw, and angry with these little satirical anecdotes from the late great herself.
What are 3 things you want to achieve?
To Live in another country for at least a year
See my work in a great gallery
Publish a book
What is something you deeply love about yourself?
I can truly listen to others. This often means I need to spend a lot of time in solitude so I can tune back in to my own needs, but I do pride myself on being to be empathetic to most situations.
How has Instagram worked for you as an artist?
It is an amazing support network. It has become a research tool like a database full of inspiration. More importantly it offers validation, which artists don’t always receive.
“[Instagram] is an amazing support network.
It has become a research tool like a database full of inspiration. More importantly it offers validation, which artists don’t always receive”
Briefly describe the circumstances under which you grew up
I grew up in a suburban town living within a slightly dysfunctional family, which definitely makes you see things in a different way to the norm. My parents are artistic and I was surrounded by the tools, space and books to inspire me.
How do you think these circumstances influenced your art?
Suburbia isn’t that inspiring. But the dull surroundings of the environment led to me dwell in my imagination and draw out my fantasies. Gladly my parents and their friends taught me more about art than school so it felt second nature.
What would you say are your artwork’s main themes?
The Female identity, both defined and undefined by culture.
How would you describe your style?
Loose, figurative lines, with lots of negative space. “less is more” is definitely my style!
Can you remember a specific experience from your life that has shaped who you are and what you do as an artist today?
Leaving home to live in London. I never wanted to go back. The city changed who I was and that ultimately changes how you think, see and communicate.
What are you communicating with your art?
It’s often spontaneous so that’s it something hard to pinpoint. It’s about confusion and loss. The void of female identity that I defiantly felt as a young woman entering adulthood, both having unreachable expectations but hitting an invisible glass ceiling. I am concerned with the body as a language; the restriction of that as well as the celebrations.