Bearden 100

#84 Sunrise - 1978
By Romare Bearden

Selected by Alexandria Smith

Sunrise - 1978

"Romare Bearden has always been a major influence of mine since I was first introduced to his work in high school. His ability to incorporate narrative, spiritual elements and compositional ingenuity has always fascinated me. I selected this piece because it demonstrates Bearden's effortless ability to combine multiple worlds; interior and exterior and figuration and abstraction. Bearden's process of transformation and reclamation is inherent to my practice as well and I continue to look to him for inspiration."

Alexandria Smith

Visual Artist
Brooklyn, NY

"Go Run Tell Dat"      collage on board      16 x 20 in.      August 2012

Alexandria Smith’s multi-media practice explores the themes of cultural and sexual identity. Through images that allude to the simultaneous absence and presence of the body, Alexandria’s work creates nonlinear narratives through the lens of childhood and adolescence.  Smith received her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, an MA in Art Education from New York University and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Parsons, The New School for Design in 2010. Alexandria is the recipient of numerous awards including theRush Arts Summer Residency, the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship and a fellowship award to attend the Vermont Studio Center Residency. Her work has been widely collected locally and internationally and exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions. Most recently, her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Rush Arts Gallery in NYC and Reginald Ingraham Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.