Artist Statement & Biography
Grounded in a practice of drawing, Young pushes the boundaries of line and mark-making towards cut paper, cast shadows or smeared ash. She works with glass, roofing felt, ash, salt and light in experimental ways and layers meaning alongside materiality and process. In her installations, other worlds are accessed through the portals of mirrors, projected video and light. Referencing theater and literature, Young mines the psychology of spaces and memory, juxtaposing video of environmental events with architectural elements. Associations of nature and surrealism echo fairytales and horror films and these intersections reflect upon the construct of memory. Young's recent projects have responded to place and impermanence, using both the urban and natural environments as a framework. Transience/Sojourn, was developed from a trip to Yellowstone to film the regeneration of lodgepole pine after forest fire damage. Floor to ceiling scrolls of roofing paper were handcut by Young with scenes from the scorched landscape of Yellowstone. The scrolls recall German-style papercutting and fairytales and are backlit with programmed theater lights. Lighthouse/Geist draws from the neighborhood of Young's southern Ohio studio where dilapidated houses, factories, cell and radio towers scatter the skyline. Young uses found objects, 3D printing and handbuilding to make small models of towers and house forms and creates shadow plays incorporating video, projection mapping and sound.
Alice Pixley Young’s work has been supported through grants from the City of Cincinnati, the Surdna Foundation and the NEA. Her work has appeared in Sculpture Magazine and at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Bullseye Projects, the 21c Museum and Currents International New Media Festival. Young was awarded Best in Show for her installation at 1708 Gallery’s InLight exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has been awarded residencies to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Jentel, Ragdale, Hambidge, Vermont Studio Center and the Contemporary Artists Center. Raised in Washington DC, she studied Painting and Printmaking at the Ringling College of Art and Design and the New York Studio Program, and received an MA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Maryland. She maintains a studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.