Alexis Neumann

About Me

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Biography

Alexis Neumann is an installation artist creating BioArt, glass art, sculpture and sound art. She uses transparent materials like glass, plastic, and tulle, as well as LEDs, sound, copper and recycled materials to create sculptural work revolving around mental health, spirituality and energy. Alexis lives with invisible illnesses like Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Chronic Migraines which informs her work. Alexis is a West Coast artist, originally from Encinitas, CA, currently based in Portland, OR. Alexis is getting her MFA in Visual Arts and an MA in Critical Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and received a BA in Music and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington in 2018, also focusing on Digital Experimental Art and New Medias. Her light installations, highlighting her experience with chronic migraines, have been featured in public festivals and other spaces. She has used recycled medical containers, like pill bottles, to de-stigmatize medication taking, specifically for invisible illnesses like mental health. Alexis is a trained opera singer and her connection with music plays a vital role in her artistic practice. Interdisciplinary work, specifically combining science and art, is a passion of hers and she melds these two disciplines and creates programming about STEAM- science, technology, engineering, art and math especially for young women. Alexis’ academic work focuses on disability studies, cultural studies and comparative religious studies, and her dedication to interdisciplinary work is present in the university setting as well as playing a large role in her writing practice.

 
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Artist Statement

My artistic practice focuses on the body and soul influenced by music, nature, spirituality and illness. I combine recycled objects, translucent materials, lights and sound to engage and reference mental, spiritual, and anatomical  processes. I share my own journey with invisible illness and spirituality and use research and community conversations to include other voices. Inspiration frequently comes from meditative, reverent spaces and sounds that have strong vibrations, light, natural forces and resonance to engage the soul and spirit. 


I utilize ‘alternative’ materials (most times deemed as trash), like broken glass, medical supplies, and recycled plastic, to make my process more accessible and to highlight the rebirth of materials. I’ve used old pill bottles to normalize the act of taking medicine and highlight it’s ‘magical’ capabilities and experimented with stained glass practices to engage a historical and traditional art that displays celestial forces. Transparency, dissonance and color illuminates (oftentimes literally)  challenging and divisive topics like religion and disability. My work is therapeutic and generative, creating extensive knots to parallel the pain and confusion of migraines or composing sound art that sparks joy and harmonic peace. It is important for my work to be emotionally provocative so I make my art immersive and responsive to the viewer by using interactive technology. Experimenting with ways of making is significant for my process because it parallels my own constant emotional and spiritual growth, evolving with new experiences and learning from others. 

 

Education

MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art

MA from Pacific Northwest College of Art

BA from University of Washington

Alexis Neumann has won awards and grants for her research. Her undergraduate education focuses on music, comparative history and cultural studies. Her graduate degrees focus on sculptural installation art, bioart, disability studies, cultural studies and comparative religious studies particularly in relation to art.

September 2019 - August 2022

Laura Russo Memorial Scholarship
PNCA Critical Studies Dual Degree Scholarship

Graduate Degrees:
M.F.A. in Visual Arts
M.A. in Critical Studies

September 2014 - August 2018

B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas and American Music Studies
Certificate in Digital Experimental Arts and New Media

Mary Gates Honors Scholar

Undergraduate Research in the Arts and Humanities Award

Helen A. Reynolds Scholarship in Music

UW Seattle Purple and Gold Scholarship

Dean's List every quarter

 

Resume- Alexis Neumann 2021

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