Statement & Bio
Utilization of rope in decorative yet utilitarian form signifies respect for the material by symbolically combining profession and leisure. Through highly organized applications, sea-goers curate textiles aboard their all-encompassing domains at sea with protective and decorative knot tying.
Through personal experiences in the trade I take on this merged approach by crossing distinct maritime semiotics with patterns, and apply them in sculptural form.
Serving as an amplification of industry heritage, the femininity evident in these largely scaled studies pay ethnographic tribute by expanding from the industrious nature itself. To do so in a transcending manner, it is essential to portray diverse cultures by acknowledging roles of all participating humans (not just the mariners). Traditionally an ode to method and adventure, the artistic visual representations can be imbalanced to favor self-touting stories of elbow-grease over emotion, heritage, and ethnography. My focus on this particular void in maritime cultural preservation; one of many undocumented histories, shifts a viewpoint from the supported to the unrequited supporter.
Alex Buchanan (Born in Boston, Massachusetts) studied sculpture, printmaking and photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Alex also served four years active duty and began his journeys at sea in the U.S. Coast Guard. He focuses on the cultural relevance in his maritime influences and conveys them intriguingly by layering inclusive translations of coastal humanities in semiotic form. He exhibits work regularly in galleries and is a 2020 SMFA at Tufts Traveling Fellow recipient.
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