The Altered States series was born out of the necessity for time away from the world, alone time in order to protect and rearm oneself against the traumas of the day.
My figures find themselves in conversation with their subconscious selves, free from the weight of being in an often-uncooperative body. They are set adrift in dreams and fathom something other. They find themselves weightless rising through the air, or falling after having let go of something which might have been holding them captive. My spirit carries my body – my will governs the flesh.
Yupo paper, made of polypropylene, is non-absorbent and repels water, which allows pigments to sit on the surface and separate, rendering effects that mimic disintegration–- something that cannot be achieved on traditional watercolor paper. The watercolor pigments used in this series are made from semi-precious stones such as Green Apatite, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Diopside, Garnet, Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Mica, Red Fuschite, Rhodonite, Sodalite, Sugilite, and Zoisite.
Medium & Dimensions: Semi-precious stone watercolor on yupo, 12"x9"
Alexandra N Sherman’s art explores the landscape of the mind through watercolors painted from her subconscious, installations with found or created objects, and collage using vintage and antique ephemera. She seeks to give the viewer an intimate experience through works that explore the uncertainty and mystery inherent in life, ourselves, the environment and the need for conservation. Her work depicts the spaces in-between, the seen and unseen through ambiguous narrative that invites the viewer to complete the story.