Alex Rheault statement, bio, mentoring, & drawing room

Notice: http://www.alexrheault.com is under construction and will hopefully go live this year. Thanks for your patience with the wordpress sites I use as a substitute.

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Artist statement  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. These simultaneously assemble, disassemble, overlap, and evaporate.  Narratives of transformation, odd pairings, and tensions emerge as kaleidoscopic chaos, simultaneously inside and outside edges of perception.  In her figurative works, she explores the body and paradoxes of existence to get at deeper experiences and truths about being.

Rheault’s passion lies in drawing, mentoring, curating, collaborative projects, writing, and education. In a variety of media, she explores the body, clothing, human identity, expression, emotional realms, and movement. Research, fashion and costume illustration, book arts, photography, printmaking, sewing, and collecting are among other activities she treasures.

links to other related sites:

alexrheault.com under reconstruction

100paintings100people.wordpress.com (community, studio practice, and fundraising project)

drawingroomprojects.wordpress.com (curatorial and collaborative projects)

alexstudioarts.wordpress.com (for participants of drawing and painting at Artascope)

threadsoffashioninart.wordpress.com (site dedicated to fashion/costume theory and art)

Bio  Alex Rheault lives and works in Southern Maine. Rheault served as an Assistant Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New England in the Department of Arts since 2015. She offers six-week basic drawing and acrylic painting instruction ON ZOOM for adults at Artascope, formerly held at the Bickford Education Center in Yarmouth.

Rheault collaborated with with Scott and Nancy Gibson-Nash coordinate and host the Illustration Institute’s Fashion Illustration Week September 2019, and was interviewed by Danielle August 2020 as part of a future series “Drawing is Thinking” the Institute is developing. Rheault continues to curate local artists in exhibitions through drawing room, a roving project where drawing and community collide. Rheault is working on a new body of written works, exploring themes related to though not exclusively focused on The Tidy and The Untidy.

She is working on the 100 paintings 100 people project (100paintings100people.wordpress.com). She has completed paintings 1 to 43 as of December 2020. She works several paintings simultaneously to ensure variety in a true game of chance. 43 participants are from Maine, Chicago and New York so far.

Rheault has begun a new series of nightscapes and car paintings based on her own photographs. She explore the contrast, dynamics of twilight and ambient light as well as artificial light on roads, in spaces, and the immediate and complex possibilities of design and color therein.

Past Art-Related and Professional Experience:

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 worked with diverse range of artists, individuals, and entities from youth at Engine 2016-2018,  MFA students at the Heartwood College Program 2018-2011, curating, collaboration, and private instruction.  Rheault served as Chair of Illustration and Assistant Adjunct at Maine College of Art from 2008 to 2012, and had many other teaching and visiting artists assignments from 2005 to 2017: “Feed Your Soul” Program for educators during week-long intensive workshops on drawing, clothed figure, and figure drawing, Continuing Studies instruction exploring fashion illustration with a model and reference materials, cartooning for youth, and drawing in mixed media and a range of subjects.

Rheault seeks artists to exhibit and collaborate in Maine. She writes copy for art-related press/websites, critical essays for catalogues, and individual projects on request. She mentors, assists with portfolio development, techniques, skill,  content advancement, exhibition opportunities, etc. She works with people interested in college application/portfolio preparation, professional enhancement, edits/ writing or copy, 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. Cultivate a deeper connection to or invigorate your studio practice, and locate the larger contexts of your work and inquiries.

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Portfolio development and personal instruction to expand your studio practice, goals and needs in variety of media, disciplines, and methods.

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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 have included events, performances, open life drawing sessions, and experimental collaborations such as Metamorphosis: A Journey of Dolls, Chewed Toys Project, Open Day, and collaborative projects with youth. Often workshops or events accompany exhibitions. drawing room is currently a roving project to advance its mission. Rheault writes catalogue essays, exhibition copy, reviews foreign or alternative films, instructs and mentors artists of all ages.

drawing room is a roving project. After the first two years in a studio space at the State Theater fifth floor location, Rheault collaborated with with CAC in Cambridge, UMA Augusta,  Ocean House Gallery and Frame, Engine, PeletonLabs with Ocean House, and continues to work with entities and individuals. drawing room aims to provide opportunities, visibility, support, and camaraderie.

drawing room offerings (via ZOOM for now) include: private instruction, studio visits, exhibition & project development, collaboration, curating, writing reviews of work, catalogue essays, artist statement and website/blog development, and more.

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