Alex Mascolo is an Interdisciplinary Researcher, working between the fields of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Photography. Her research focuses on the subject of Death, specifically, how we can improve experiences of death, dying and bereavement. She is currently a first year PhD student at Edinburgh College of Art, exploring the ways in which food is used to commemorate and connect with the dead.
My paintings are often three-dimensional, and my sculptures two-dimensional.
I have two parallel ways of working – on paper and on leather.
My paintings and drawings celebrate the natural world, exploring close-up the detail of its patterns and its beauty, capturing the wind.
I’m fascinated by the flow of energy in nature – how it is always moving and always the same.
A burn coming down a hillside is forever moving – your eye is drawn downwards the whole time – but the shapes the water makes coming past the rocks is unchanging. A clump of grasses is shaken by the wind and your eye follows them along the wind’s direction; but the shape of the grasses is unchanging.
I work on capturing this paradox, drawing very small things – like the grasses – and then painting them very large, often monochrome from my sculptural training.
The flow of energy in nature helps me to find the flow of energy in people, in myself and between people.
This flow I capture in leather. My embroidered leatherwork hangings are inspired by my lived experience of Native American Vision Quests, and capture the flow of power and energy and spirit in the lives of the people they are made for, the individuals who commission them.