Missed Connections- Lafe Eaves & Alex Steele
Alex Steele relocated from Miami to San Francisco to study at The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). A recent graduate, she now works at The California Academy of Sciences museum in Golden Gate Park, and continues to make art. She has shown at Gallery 666, The Diego Rivera Gallery, and participated in a traveling group show that moved from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to Seokyoung University in Korea. She will be showing pieces from her "See How They Smile When They Kill".
An imagined Mirage Hotel tiger habitat in ruins meets the story of Grey Gardens. Wild tigers are juxtaposed with Big Edie and Little Edie (the Beales) of Grey Gardens, relating their territorial instincts and untamed nature. In hued, apocalyptic imagery, white bengal tigers from Sigfried & Roy's tiger habitat at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas remain dominant of their once enclosed territory. The story of Little Edie's burden to stay in Grey Gardens with her mother, Big Edie, is similar in restriction; she is free to go, but lingers in volunteered captivity. The work demonstrates a pull between domestication and innate wildness, and the fall from riches to ruins. The relationships of the characters to their environs evolve into an absurd situation where the Beales become as wild as their home and the white tigers transition into feral beings.
Art is a meditation process that I'm obsessed with. Similar to the effects that Lysergic acid has on the brain I create patterns out of meticulous line work to build a universe based off my own imagination. Within this universe I've made for myself, Animals, geometrical patterns, relics of dark magic, astrological space and temples all come together to interact in a dialog of psychedelic proportions. By using these themes I've allowed myself to sift in and out of consciousness of my own reality and make work that is largely autobiographical but work that opens itself up for the viewer to interpret the piece through their own eyes. That way the interaction between the public and my art becomes something sacred to them based off their own assumptions of what the work is about.