Alex McQuilkin is a Brooklyn based artist whose work revolves around the nature of stories, both fiction and nonfiction, and the faith that we, knowing or unknowingly, place in them. Her videos investigate dominant modes of how stories are relayed: from fairytales, myths and oral history, to visual art, literature and cinema, to sources that present themselves as historical fact. Pairing iconic film imagery with home video and voice-over narration with emotionally charged film scores, her video works explore the transmission of power-driven belief systems and their representation in popular culture.
|Joan of Arc, video still, 2007, two-channel video installation|
In her more recent shift to drawing and sculpture, McQuilkin continues this investigation through her use of materials that reveal an inherent tension between the strength of belief systems and of their material surfaces.
For a full biography, images and videos, please see: www.alexmcquilkin.com
|Untitled (Forever), 2008, collage on paper|
|Untitled (Escape Route), Mixed media (hair, saliva, string), Installation View, 2008-2011|