Alexis Arnold

2 Op Collective has their eye on ALEXIS ARNOLD! Here are some examples of her work:




Q. Tell us about your work?

A. I am a sculptor and installation artist interested in the visual displays of time, memory, and history. Objects, whether undisturbed for long periods, in frequent use, or victims fallen to incidents such as fire or flood, have their own life cycles of accumulation and decomposition. I create these changes over abbreviated time frames through catalyzed natural processes, such as crystal growth, forced oxidation, or sun-bleaching, in an effort to see objects in a new way, with a new history. In addition to a range of casting materials, my work often includes found objects (bones, books, bicycle wheels, kitchen paraphernalia, photographs, etc) with crystals grown on them. The crystal growth highlights or creates the aesthetics of these once-utilitarian objects that are entering the world of obsolescence, as well as acts to suggest past and future narratives laden with memory, wonder, and the interminable progression of time. Display of my work takes on many forms, including wall hangings, ceiling suspensions, and freestanding sculpture.



Q. What advice do you have for your peers?

A. Surprise yourself. Get dirty, have fun, and experiment in your studio. Don’t worry about knowing the meaning of work right away, which is something I remind myself all the time. See your peers as peers and not competition.



Q. Where can we learn more about you and your work?





Originally from Los Angeles, Alexis Arnold is a sculptor and installation artist currently living in San Francisco. Alexis received her MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, as well as a BA in Studio Art from Kenyon College in 2005. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and nationally, including the New York Hall of Science, Southern Exposure, Root Division, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Gallery Hijinks, and through the San Francisco Arts Commission Art in Storefronts Project. In addition to her own studio practice, Alexis works as a curator and youth and adult art educator.



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