Artist Statement: As an artist, I draw inspiration from nature and the philosophies of stoicism. The Stoics understood that fate was unpredictable. As Seneca states, “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.'' The Stoics believed that it was a sin to take life for granted, that one should enjoy every moment, whether it be perceivably good or bad.
In order to translate these philosophies into modern times, I paint butterflies and insects as core symbols throughout my work. Using these creatures in combination with abstract design expresses the subjectivity of existence and allows the viewer to meditate within the present moment.
From a technical standpoint, I enjoy exploring nature and painting from life. My process involves hydrating and pinning insects. This allows me to pose them in a still life set up and paint from life, creating interesting shadows, tones, and capturing detail. By touching and pinning these butterflies I feel like I have a deeper connection to my subjects and an intimate chance to study them.
Once my subjects are chosen, I begin each piece with an abstract design and color scheme in mind. This creates a cohesiveness and begins to build the story I want to share with my audience. In addition to exploring ancient philosophies, my aim is to enhance interiors by providing space for solitude and reflection in a busy modern world.
Alex Bauwens is a fine artist living and working in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2018, Bauwens was awarded the Fine Art Connoisseur Award in the largest and most prestigious International Art Competition in the World; The Art Renewal Center Salon Competition. She has been published in The Art Renewal Center Book, Art Horse Equus, Images Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and The International Artist’s Magazine.
Most recently her work was exhibited at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, Sotheby’s LA, and at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain.
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