Alexandra Chiou

8 January - 28 May 2021

Alexandra Chiou draws on memory, landscape, and family history to create intricate collages that explore themes of uncharted terrains as symbols of hope, possibility, and new beginnings. Chiou works primarily with layered hand-cut paper to create dimensional works that investigate the threshold between painting and sculpture. Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited nationally and abroad.

 

"My work very much started with this interest in nature. Not just the beauty of nature or the complexity of nature, but the sense of exploration when you find a new place. Really exploring you feel immersed in a new environment and that sense of all that you feel. But nature is also a place of reflection and a true sanctuary. All of those ideas have always really inspired me and intrigue me. I'm really driven to create work that celebrates a lot of those things."

  • Alexandra Chiou

    In conversation with Charlotte Russell February 9, 2021
  • Process

    I am drawn to paper as it is a common material that is also versatile and moldable. I work with hand-cut paper to create dimensional collages that explore the threshold between painting and sculpture. I paint, cut, and arrange various shapes and colors as if I am piecing together a puzzle; each shape, line, and color is a hint, trace, and impression of nature and memory.

     

    When people hear the word sculptural, they think of ceramics or some kind of metal and they don't think of paper so in that respect they appreciate how kind of under-the-radar. [Paper] beats expectations in a way and it's just very flexible. It's something that can be so many things and I really love experimenting with it.

     

  • Making "Hatch"

  • Making "Edge of the World"

  • Available Works

    • Alexandra Chiou, Whisper, 2018
      Alexandra Chiou, Whisper, 2018
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    • Alexandra Chiou, The Secrets They Keep, 2018
      Alexandra Chiou, The Secrets They Keep, 2018
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    • Alexandra Chiou, Silhouettes of the Sacred, 2017
      Alexandra Chiou, Silhouettes of the Sacred, 2017
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    • Alexandra Chiou, 20. Infinite Tapestry, 2017
      Alexandra Chiou, 20. Infinite Tapestry, 2017
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    • Alexandra Chiou, Tigerlily, 2015
      Alexandra Chiou, Tigerlily, 2015
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    • Alexandra Chiou, Queen’s Bouquet, 2018
      Alexandra Chiou, Queen’s Bouquet, 2018
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    • Alexandra Chiou, Dragon’s Blessing, 2020
      Alexandra Chiou, Dragon’s Blessing, 2020
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    • Alexandra Chiou, Mixed Greens, 2020
      Alexandra Chiou, Mixed Greens, 2020
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    • Alexandra Chiou, 25. Infinite Dreams, 2020
      Alexandra Chiou, 25. Infinite Dreams, 2020
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    • Alexandra Chiou, Gem of the Wildwood, 2020
      Alexandra Chiou, Gem of the Wildwood, 2020
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    • Alexandra Chiou, 27. Edge of the World, 2020
      Alexandra Chiou, 27. Edge of the World, 2020
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    • Alexandra Chiou, Hatch, 2020
      Alexandra Chiou, Hatch, 2020
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  • Contemporary artwork by Alexandra Chiou view at Charlotte Russell Contemporary, a contemporary art gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina exhibiting artworks by underrepresented, emerging and mid-career artists.

    On the horizon

    Grace Clark and Alexandra Chiou 8 January - 26 March 2021 CRC Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, On the horizon, on view January 8 - March 26, 2021, features artworks by two contemporary female artists: Alexandra Chiou and Grace Clark. The artworks on...