Mardi de Veuve Alexis

Artist Statement
My new body of work is inspired by an evolving local urban environment, urbanization as a condition, and contemporary culture. Working for the past three years from my Venice, CA studio, I was viscerally impacted by the changing neighborhood and demographics: There is the noise and energy of new construction. Resulting structures are rising vertically to unexpected new heights, marginalizing once amply sunlit creative spaces. Graffiti of all shapes and sizes most often depicted on the grey backdrop of concrete, has become rampant as an exciting urban art form (street art) communicating an evolving cultural diversity. This is change and evolution, disturbing and exciting at the same time.

As an abstract artist, I typically communicate a theme and tonal palette with pattern, mark making, layering and textural effects through mixed media and collage. I strive to communicate beauty and elements of design readily visible in virtually all aspects of everyday life, if only we look. My work often evolves from an emotional response I have to current events and the human condition as I try to balance emotions of sadness or despair with a sense of playfulness – sometimes communicated by primary palettes of reds, orange, blue and yellow. Usually I don’t have a distinct plan in mind when I start a new project. It’s more important to me to work in the moment and non-objectively. As far as process goes, I allow myself the freedom to express without judgment or boundaries. Thoughts and ideas spill out on canvas, panel or paper. Drawings, layered patterns, shapes, colors and textures are merged, transformed and energized with paint, stained papers or newsprint, mylar and other materials. Although passionate about color, I often stick to a neutral palette, working with velvety black charcoal, inks, gouache and acrylic paints, with just an occasional surprise of pigment.

Mardi de Veuve Alexis is an abstract artist born and raised in California. She studied art and design while living in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington D.C. at the Corcoran School of Art; at UCLA in Los Angeles, and at Studio 33 in Culver City, California. Mardi has been painting for a more than a decade, experimenting with combinations of various media and textural effects, mixing charcoal, ink, pastel, acrylics and collage. Having traveled extensively throughout the world, her work is inspired by cultural diversity and her interpretation of the human condition. Mardi’s paintings and drawings have been shown and collected in California, Stockholm, Sweden; Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Collage, mixed media, line and textural effects characterize Mardi’s current body of work on canvas, panel and paper that is largely focused on urbanism and aerial landscapes. She is an Active Member of Women Painters West; Los Angeles Art Association; Artist Council, Palm Springs Art Museum; Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council; and an Exhibiting Member of California Art League and of the Joshua Tree Art Gallery.

Travel Journal/2018

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 12” x 16”

Dream State/2018

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 12” x 16”

Mobile Series/2015

Acrylic and collage on wood panel
10” x 10” each

A Splash of Pink/2017

14” x 14’ (framed)

Ideas When I’m Alone/2017

14” x 14’ (framed)

Interior #6/2015

Acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas
32” x 42” (framed)

Night Dreams/2017

14” x 14” (framed)

Scaffolding/2016

Acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas
38” x 26”

Stream of Consciousness/2018

Acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas
42” x 32” (framed)

Concrete Jungle
Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 36 x 48, 2016

Diversity
Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 36 x 48, 2016, (Framed)

Freeway 2 – Diptych
Acrylic and ink on canvas, 36 x 36, 2016

Freeway 1 – Diptych
Acrylic and ink on canvas, 36 x 36, 2016

Home Again
Mardi de Veuve Alexis, Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 38” x 50”, 2017

Ghost Ship
Mardi de Veuve Alexis, Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 50” x 50”, 2017

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Green Cul de Sac
Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 30 x 40, 2016, (Framed)

Starry Night
Acrylic, ink and collage on canvas, 36 x 36, 2016, (Framed)

Urban Atlantis – Diptych
Acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas, 60 x 40, 2016

Gridlock
Acrylic, mixed media ad collage, 30 x 48, 2016, (Framed)

Urban Beat
Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 30 x 40, 2016

New Planets
Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 30 x 40, 2015, (Not framed)

Glacial Meltdown
Mardi de Veuve Alexis, Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 50” x 50”, 2017

Scaffolding
Mardi de Veuve Alexis, Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 36” x 28”, 2016

The Director’s Chair
Mardi de Veuve Alexis, Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 38” x 50”, 2016

New Construction
Mardi de Veuve Alexis, 48″x30″, (Framed)

Santa Fe Cool
Mardi de Veuve Alexis, 48″x36″

Street Art Madonna
Mardi de Veuve Alexis, Acrylic, mixed media and collage, 48” x 48”, 2017