My work is a visual journal of my journey in life, it is contained in my drawings and paintings, my photography essays and writings.

I have a strong fascination regarding the visual aspect of living organisms, how these place themselves in the world, their formation and transformation, their mutual influence in their process of growing stronger and sprawl. I guess I was first aware of this fascination with my project “Camino al Sur”. In 2009 when I was still living in Lima and working as an architect one day as I was on my way to the construction site 90 km away from the city I took pictures of the landscape’s trip. When I looked at the pictures afterwards I saw these elements appearing arbitrarily on the hills, not yet houses, not yet a human settlement, but the beginning of it. In the upcoming years the transformation of the landscape was noticeable, this elements became housing, they grew stronger and sprawled.
This was the first project I worked on as I was transitioning from my architecture practice into my art one and from living in Lima to living in Zurich.

As an artist I’ve continued exploring this fascination in my drawing practice but it has taken a more abstract, existential and biological approach. Probably it has to do with the fact of me due my disease, being constantly confronted with conditions of change and transformation in my  life and my body. Ground & groundlessness I explore notions of strength, wholeness and stability. I use solid floating elements holding themselves in their own existence, it is the being’s own presence which gives its stability and wholeness and not its surroundings or the external elements.

I choose drawing as a medium to explore and express. It is a thought process to me, I find in the act of drawing a space for interpretation, for asking, wandering and proposing. Drawing acts like a bridge between my inner and outer world, it establishes a body-mind connection. For me it is fascinating how drawing unveils ideas and emotions manifesting these through the gesture of a line, and with shapes and colours. The intensity or hardness of the line, how soft or how hard I pressure the drawing tool on the paper, the hue or boldness of the color, the translucency level, will it be possible to read the layer above, the layer below? I use variances of translucency and opacity to create a multi-layered narrative which similarly reveals the notion of time. It shows the constant transformation of life, bodies and situations are in constant change. To work on this idea of constant change and evolution I work with overlapping layers on the same drawing for various days, or I work around one topic in a ‘Drawing session’, that is drawing non-stop in one session but on several sheets of paper.

My photography projects document and reflect on the beauty of the simple things in life. It is a chosen moment of extraordinary taken from the ordinary. I create visual essays out of mundane beauty, capturing poetic moments in every-day objects and situations.
Kitchen Poetry (part of The everydaylife project) is a collection of photographs taken in my kitchen. Sometimes while making breakfast, I find an orange’s skin so beautiful, or the leftovers on a plate so perfectly displayed, that I have the impulse to capture the moment. It can also happen during other mundane tasks such as washing the vegetables, or the simple gesture of boiling an egg. I want to convey the message that beauty is everywhere and for anyone to see. Beauty in simplicity and authenticity.
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BIO
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 dedicates 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), 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.

contact:
alejandrajeanmairet (at) gmail.com
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