Alexandria Mentzel (°1991, Edison, United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, Mentzel tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
Her artworks never shows the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, she makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image.
She creates situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, she presents everyday objects as well as references to texts, painting and architecture. Pompous writings and Utopian constructivist designs are juxtaposed with trivial objects. Categories are subtly reversed.
Her works question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas normally function. Alexandria Mentzel currently lives and works in Milwaukee.