Alejandra Jean-Mairet

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Under Re-construction.
Getting an overview. Organising, seeing, pausing.
Midst doing a recapitulation of my work.

I am a visual artist with background in architecture.
Aesthetics and existential questions are key to my art praxis. I work in series. Each of them has its own way and time span of development.
Since end of 2019 I’ve focused back on my drawing practice. To me drawing is manifestation, is question and answer, drawing is a dialogue.
When I begin working I am very fast and prolific and I try letting things emerge without the judgment of the eye or mind. It is about what I am processing at the moment and it has to remain as pure as possible, without the interference of rationalisation. It is only when the issue has emerged that I’d continue with more calm, allowing more time with each drawing and having a dialogue with. There is a fluctuation between intuition and premeditation. 
What is important to me in every stage of the drawing process is letting the drawing form itself as it happens and preserve authenticy. I draw mainly with oil pastels, pencil, gouache and acrylics. Each media corresponds to a sensation, soft, bold, hard, liquid, dense. The marks are gestures, manifestations of emotions. The amount of sittings I dedicate to a series is never the same, once the exhaustion point or realisation arrives, then it’s done.



Swiss Peruvian Visual Artist Alejandra Jean-Mairet (*1978) was born and raised in Lima-PE, she currently lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

After completing her studies in architecture (Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima PE, 2000) she began exploring the applied arts and worked as an architect until 2009 year she moved to Switzerland where she graduated from the MA in Fine Arts Program from the Zurich University of the Arts (2014).

During her firsts years in Europe she participated in various multidisciplinary cultural projects in Switzerland, Germany and France. Over the past few years besides her studio practice she dedicated time to guiding and mentoring creative processes and leading workshops of drawing and painting with an experimental approach.

In 2019 she was invited to exhibit her body of work "The Right Hand" at the Helmhaus Zürich (Museum of Contemporary Art of Zurich), showing the healing process she went through after her hand surgeries and the role of art during this experience. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at an early age when she was 23 years old.

The work of Alejandra Jean-Mairet features in private collections in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Switzerland, Germany, France, Australia and the US.
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