Born and raised in Oxford – by two Canadian parents – Alex moved to London in 2010 to study sculpture at the Slade. Post-graduating, her multimedia installations have found temporary homes at the Royal Scottish Academy, Casa de Gisele in Brazil and Bloomberg New Contemporaries ICA to name a few. Ultimately though, founding an arts collective was born out of a dissatisfaction with tradition.
“I was waiting for something to happen,” she says. “Then I realised, ‘why am I waiting for someone else to say that I can have a show? That I can do this?’ I have a lot of friends in the same position.” Alex adds: “I live with musicians [Theo Suh and Jamie Stiby Harris], and we all had a bad year. Everything just kind of went backwards. [But] we all made the decision to not just sit around; lets take the reins and do something.” First up? “A Jools Holland-type night of music which we filmed, we then started doing art crits and put our first group show on in December.”
Alex even gave up her bedroom – which happens to also be her studio – to put on a six-month residency for young artists in London. “It first came about when I was talking to my friend, artist Lily Hawkes, who doesn’t have a studio. She makes really big sculptures and I was like ‘why don’t you use our gallery space to make work? I then put a call out and it’s been nice; I’ve met loads of random people…”