Alice Pixley Young was born in Washington DC, and attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. While earning a BFA in Painting and Printmaking, Young was awarded a place in the New York Studio Program. She received a MFA in Painting from the University of Maryland and a MA in Art Education from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She has taught at the University of Maryland, Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania and currently at Northern Kentucky University and The School for Creative and Performing Arts. Young has been the recipient of a City of Cincinnati Arts Grant, and has been featured on Home and Garden Television and in Sculpture Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine and The Artist's Magazine. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Vermont Studio Center, the Contemporary Artist's Center in Massachusetts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale Foundation in Illinois. Recently, Young received fellowships from the Surdna Foundation as well as the National Endowment for the Arts/Hambidge New Artist Initiative and Jentel Artist Residency Program. In the past two years, Young has begun incorporating kiln cast glass into her work and has studied glass at Penland School of Crafts, The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School where she was nominated for a Corning Incorporated Award for her work. Young maintains a studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.
My sculptures and installations explore memory, identity and mortality through the lens of disconnection, loss and sometimes fear. In my recent work I use instruments of looking such as peepholes and hand mirrors partnered with video projections and sound to reference and examine ideas of how we see and remember as well as to create a feeling of interactivity and theater. My work returns to themes of both the forest and the domestic space as iconic landscapes where much like mythology, fairytales and horror, we project the fears and beliefs of our collective unconscious. I use the forest and the domestic space as characters in my narratives: they become a presence both soothing and alarming, nostalgic and cryptic within the uneasy, staged realities they exist in.
In my process, I look at materials in experimental ways and layer meaning with the associations of found objects and everyday materials. With all of my work whether it is drawing, video sculpture, sound or installation, I try to expand on the traditional use of media and interpretation, trying to see work and the material it is made from in a new way. History, memory and transformation are integral to my process and narrative, and working with a variety of media lets me broaden my understanding of process as well as content.