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Alejandra Jean-Mairet

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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, a medium, a tool. 
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 (much) 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 intention. 
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.

Die schweizerisch – peruanische Doppelbürgerin wurde 1978 in Lima geboren und studierte Architektur an der Universidad Ricardo Palma. Sie arbeitete als freischaffende Architektin bis zu ihrer Ankunft in der Schweiz im Jahr 2009.

Im Alter von 23 Jahren wurde bei Alejandra Jean-Mairet Rheumatoide Arthritis diagnostiziert.

2011 - 2014 studierte sie im Master Fine Arts an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

Seit 2014 lebt Alejandra Jean-Mairet als Künstlerin und Vermittlerin in der Schweiz.

Ihr Werk als Künstlerin bezieht sich auf ihre eigenen Lebenserfahrungen, ihre Doppelbürgerschaft, mehrere Umzüge und ihre Krankheit und ihre Folgen.

Alejandra Jean-Mairet arbeitet in fortlaufenden Serien, in denen es um Storytelling geht. Zeichnen ist ihr bevorzugtes Medium, jedoch mag sie auch Fotografie und Text.

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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