An Interview with Paige Alexander

By Seren Kiremitcioglu

Paige Alexander Ray of Light - Photo credit to artist

Paige Alexander Ray Of Light.

Hi Paige, Your work is absolutely gorgeous. What would you say your main inspirations are when creating art?

My main inspirations are the wonders of colour, the visual language that is processed before we are consciously aware of it. I love to question the ability of colour and it’s impact on us. My work examines connections between architecture and the site-specific installations, allowing my viewers to experience my work, and hopefully gain their own emotions towards that particular installation or painting. My inspiration is to give my viewers ‘an experience’ – I am forever questioning how we perceive and experience our bodies in space. What experience can I give a person with my own art? That question always strives my inspirations.

Has being in the South West allowed you to foster your creativity?

Being in the South West has definitely fostered my creativity; being so close to the sea is so inspiring for me. Plymouth has brought so many great things into my life, being creative, new friendships and an even bigger strive to push for my goals.

Your colour palette is incredible – it seems that all of your work uses explosions of colour, and it’s truly captivating. What draws you to creating full spectrum works, rather than more mono-toned work?

I LOVE colour, applying colour to recent installations such as ‘Ray of light’ Part One (degree show) & Two (Illuminate Exhibition) allowed me to focus on the ever-changing projections. The interfering beams of light on the stretched hundreds of individual coloured threads at graded angles, the over lapping elements created complex interactions of gradient colour. Colour is an element of visual language that is processed before we are consciously aware of it – our minds compelled to set our mood to it and hopefully this comes through in my work as well.

Paige Alexander Ray of Light. Photo Credit Paige Alexander

Paige Alexander Ray of Light. Photo Credit Artist

Paige Alexander Ray of Light. Photo Credit Artist

Paige Alexander Ray of Light. Photo Credit Artist

Looking at your work, it would appear that blue is a colour you’re particularly drawn to. Is there any particular reason for this?

The colour blue has become a part of me since my time in Plymouth; I cannot help myself but use blue. I am actually finding it hard to move away to other colours – especially when painting. I guess I have fallen in love with the colour like I have fallen in love with the Plymouth Sea – it has definitely become a part of me over the past three years of living here.

You created an installment called ‘Ray of Light’ for the Illuminate festival, which used several elements such as cellophane and thread in conjunction with light to create a work of colourful, reflective art. What was your motivation behind this?

‘Ray of light was influenced by wanting to use architecture and light. From my research and experimentations throughout this project, I was able to create and explore interactive spaces that would allow my viewers to have an experience. I have worked within allocated spaces, which was very challenging, but also rewarding once the installments were completed. For this particular piece I wanted to infuse colours together, blending vivid colours at set angles to help create a deeper dimension to the installation. This is a very tedious way of working but so rewarding in the long run. Using coloured cellophane to portray the idea of permitting light to pass through but also diffusing it. I wanted to experiment with the colours and natural lighting from the outside. Using windows in my studio space was a great example of this; I explored ways that I could perceive this as an installation form using windows and skylights. The colours shown in the skylight are in a visual spectrum format. This was chosen due to wanting to create a ray of light, and for this to be natural almost like a rainbow.

What advice would you give those who want to follow their own artistic path, whether young or old?

The advice I’d give is to honestly follow your heart; if you have a passion for the creative things, go for it, whether it is a recent or early in life hobby – see what you’re about by at least exploring what you can do.

What’s the most important part of being an artist, for you personally?

The most important part of being an artist is being able to ‘play’ – to surround yourself in colour and explore what your hands want to make. The best feeling is creating something on pure accident or waiting for the outcome and finding it to be more amazing than you’d ever have thought.

 Paige Alexander Ray of Light. Photo Credit Artist

Paige Alexander Ray of Light. Photo Credit Artist

Do you have any exhibitions or installations coming up that Made in Plymouth readers can come along and enjoy?

Not at the moment but I am hoping to get involved in some group projects and upcoming events at Ocean Studios – Forever missing the involvement of projects so if anyone has any do send them my way!

Finally, what do you hope to achieve with your art in the future?

I’m hoping to move to Bristol end of this year and hopefully set up some Art based projects with friends of even a small business. I really am keen for my Art to start taking place, but it is all about being in the right place at the right time, or for someone to see your work at the right time. So I am going to keep pushing my Art and see what happens!