Alex Rheault combines poached, observed, and referenced images through the language of collage and fragmentation. Objects collide with body parts, domestic and discarded treasures, clothing, toys, rusted or broken remnants, and things with wheels simultaneously assemble, disassemble, overlap, and evaporate. Narratives of transformation, odd pairings, and tensions emerge as kaleidoscopic chaos, simultaneously inside and outside edges of perception. Her figurative works, she explores the body and paradoxes of existence through to get at deeper experiences and truths about being.
Rheault’s passion lies in drawing, writing, photography, fashion illustration, cartooning, and education. She explores the body, clothing, human identity, expression, emotional realms, and movement. Other interests and activity include collaborative projects, curating, book arts, printmaking, sewing, collecting, and arranging.
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Alex Rheault lives and works in Southern Maine. Rheault is an Assistant Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New England in the Department of Arts since 2015, and offer basic drawing and acrylic painting instruction at Artascope, Bickford Education center in Yarmouth. Rheault is working with a team of organizers and artists to coordinate and host the Illustration Institute’s Fashion Illustration Week coming this Fall 2019. Rheault also curates exhibitions through drawing room, a roving project where drawing and community collide.
Rheault taught youth at Engine’s Illustration Lab 2016 to 2018, served as a Heartwood College Program MFA mentor 2018-2011. Rheault assisted with the development and planning stages of and served as the Artistic Director for the two- year run of Quimby Colony’s Fashion, Costume, and Textile Artist-In Residence Program housed in the Roma 2009 to 2011. Rheault also served as an Assistant Adjunct at Maine College of Art from 2005 to 2017, serving as Illustration Department Chair 2008-2012. She taught cartooning, drawing, and fashion illustration in Continuing Studies and has taught in the Feed Your Soul program for educators since 2016.
Rheault seeks artists to exhibit in Maine, writes copy for art-related press/websites, and critical essays for catalogues and personal inquiries. She mentors artists of all levels of interest for portfolio development, to expand techniques, skill, content advancement, exhibition opportunities, etc.. She assists students with college application/portfolio preparation, professional enhancement, edits writing, and provides private instruction in various visual disciplines and writing.
Private Visual Art Mentoring through drawing room
Rheault offers private mentoring for artists; she develops a custom-designed syllabus and studio visit plan to enhance any level of studio practice, skill, and academic support. Instruction in materials, methods, and techniques, formal and conceptual integration or focus, as well as slides, viewing, readings, dialogue, and writing are some of the ways to reignite, enliven, or expand a practice. Here are some suggested areas and ways to customize and design a course of study for you. Initial consultation can be up to two hours and is free.
I can devise a menu of resources, supports tailored to your interests, set up an ideal schedule to include studio visits, review of work in progress, slides and discussions of viewing material, reflections and writing, field trips, reading lists, and more. This is a drawing room offering.
Cultivate a deeper connection to or invigorate your studio practice, and locate the larger contexts of the work and inquiries you explore. Grow strategies to advance your visibility or relationship to the market. Use sessions to update knowledge and skills in relation to personal work. If these are interests, this collaboration might be for you. Private, custom-designed sessions allow you to engage with me in the time frame and flexible pace that suits your personal needs and life style.
Over the years, I have worked with graduate students, high school and home-schooled youth, emerging and mid-career artists. I assist with portfolio preparation over months or even years. I can provide intensive instructions, or a few sessions to provide encouragement artists working solo might crave. The pace is yours. My own education and low-residency MFA inform how I approach each artist and their specific practice.
I provide fluid and engaging sessions, long-distance or in your studio, with follow up emails to share relevant artists, reading, videos, and exhibits, etc.. I will help you access resources that will have meaning and longevity for you. If desired, I assist with time management, ways to establish early roots of a dedicated practice, or assist you in updating basic skills and research practice. I bring a dedicated approach, open-mind with consistent support, and objectivity useful to change. I am an advocate for your practice, healthy toolkit and outlook.
where community and drawing collide
drawing room: Rheault founded drawing room in 2006 as an extension of her art practice where drawing and community collide. Rheault’s drawing room activities are linked to personal inquiries and practices, can take the form of events, performances, open life drawing sessions, and experimental collaborations such as Metamorphosis: A Journey of Dolls or collaborative projects with youth. Rheault writes catalogue essays and exhibition copy, reviews foreign and alternative films, and instructs and mentors artists of all ages in a variety of creative disciplines and discourses. drawing room has been a roving project after the first two years at the State Theater fifth floor location, collaborating with with CAC, UMA Augusta, Art House Picture Frames, Ocean House Gallery and Frame, Engine, PeletonLabs with Ocean House, and other entities and individuals. drawing room aims to provide opportunities, visibility, support, and camaraderie.
drawing room offerings include: private lessons, studio visits, exhibition and project development, collaboration, curating, writing reviews of work, catalogue essays, developing artist statement and website/blog, and more. See the upcoming events and instruction and drawing room pages of this site.