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Alexis McGrigg (B. 1989, Jackson, MS)
Alexis McGrigg (B. 1989, Jackson, MS)

Duality: Encounter in Ultraviolet II

Alexis McGrigg (B. 1989, Jackson, MS)
Duality: Encounter in Ultraviolet II
signed and dated (on the reverse)
Procion dye, charcoal, & acrylic on heavyweight watercolor paper
Unframed: 68.5 x 42 in. (174 x 106.7 cm.)
Executed in 2020.


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Alexis McGrigg is an emerging contemporary artist who explores themes of blackness, space, spirituality, identity, and collective consciousness. Her artwork utilizes the mediums of painting, drawing, transmedia, and installation to create fictional and philosophical narratives of black existence that stem from historical and lived experiences. She integrates poetry, sound, and performance in her practice as major contributors of influence throughout her research. Alexis earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from Mississippi State University in 2012. In 2017, she received her Master of Fine Art from Texas Tech University with a concentration in Painting and a secondary emphasis in Transmedia. She has exhibited in several exhibitions across the U.S. in New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Oakland.

Artist Statement
Alexis McGrigg focuses on using drawing, painting, and interdisciplinary media to explore the multiplicity of blackness through fictional, philosophical, and conceptual narratives. The term “blackness,” that she refers to often in her research, is a literal and abstracted term that connotes the investigation of the color black, and the examination of a metaphysical space that finds its roots and origin in the existence of black bodies. This query of the term serves as a means to alter and redefine notions of blackness and shift the authorship of that narrative back to its possessor.
In her own ontology, blackness has the ability to change its form, content, direction and position, and is not confined by any finite definition. She asserts that blackness within the black experience must constantly switch between modes of being, having to be one form of blackness and yet exist as multiple forms at once. Her artwork attempts to push the boundaries of a single notion of blackness, re-evaluate its agency from a stagnate, fixed term of ideology, and overturn it to reveal its dynamic nature.

2019 Blackness: Violet Deep, Solo Exhibition, AND Gallery, Jackson, MS
2018 Alternate ROOTS, AND Gallery, Jackson, MS
24 fps // Memories Decoded, Charles Adams Studio Projects, Studio D, Lubbock, TX
2017 Blackness: Violet Deep, Solo Exhibition, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the
Arts (LHUCA Warehouse), Lubbock, TX
Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, Urban Institute for
Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, Michigan
Expectations: A Feminist Video Screening, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
2016 West, Far West. Lubbock/Marfa, Landmark Arts, Marfa, TX
Iconic: Black Panther Oakland 1966 - 2016, Sepia Art Collective, Oakland, CA
Mondo. NYC Music Festival & Tech Summit, Brooklyn, NY
JOINT: Video/Poetry Collaboration, Lubbock, TX
The Blackness, Solo Exhibition, CASP Satellite Gallery, Lubbock, TX
2015 Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, Woman Made Gallery,
Chicago, IL
21st Annual SPE Women’s Film & Video Festival, Las Vegas, NV
Telestrations!, Gowanus Swim Society, Brooklyn, NY
col.lab.o.rate, 5 Gallery, Lubbock, TX
2014 20th Annual SPE Women’s Film & Video Festival, New Orleans, LA

Alexis McGrigg
T 678.492.7127
E alexism75@gmail.com
IG: _lexmcgstudio_

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