I am a visual artist with background in architecture.
I am drawn by the visual aspect of the proliferation of living organisms, the way they sprawl in their environment. And I am an over-thinker of the nature of the self.
My work, drawings & paintings, photo essays and publications are reflections and visual narratives of these concerns.

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 although it has taken a more abstract and existential approach. Probably it has to do with the fact that over the past 10 years I’ve been constantly confronted with conditions of change and transformation in my life and my body.
I explore notions of strength, wholeness and stability of the being. Solid “floating” elements holding themselves up in their own existence, it is the being’s own presence which grants its stability and wholeness. And then of course there is the influence of space, its surroundings and the external elements around.

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, establishing a body-mind connection.
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 press 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 do many layers and use variances of translucency and opacity to reveal the notion of change of mind or of conditions over time. 

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.

contact:
alejandrajeanmairet (at) gmail.com
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