Alice Pixley Young was born in Washington DC, and attended Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. While earning a BFA in Painting and Printmaking, Young was awarded a place in the New York Studio Program. She received a MFA in Painting from the University of Maryland and a MA in Art Education from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She has taught at the University of Maryland, Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania and currently at The School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio as a prestigious National Boards certified Visual Arts Instructor. Young has been the recipient of a City of Cincinnati Arts Grant, and has been featured on Home and Garden Television and in Sculpture Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine and The Artist's Magazine. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center, the Contemporary Artist's Center in Massachusetts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois. In 2011, Young received fellowships from the Surdna Foundation as well as the National Endowment for the Arts/Hambidge New Artist Initiative. Young has most recently engaged in studying glass casting at Penland School of Craft, The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School where she was nominated for a Corning Incorporated Award for her work. Young maintains a studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Alice Pixley Young/Artist Statement
My work explores the territory occupied by the familiar and it’s reflected other. Uncanniness and the familiar are created through the use of found and altered objects, objects which are utilized as visual talismans and touchstones between a shifting reality of memory and fantasy. The objects and their tableaux are explorations of duality, mystery, and the possibility of a different experience of reality.
My work’s subject matter focuses on the play of imagery between the forest landscape and the domestic, interior one. I use lighting, projection and sound as elements of stagecraft to evoke dream-like spaces. Themes of both the forest and the domestic space as iconic landscapes recall mythology, fairytales and horror and become scenes of a collective unconscious and projected disquiet. The unlikely juxtaposition of a domestic interior and forest landscape double as metaphors for the real and imagined, remembered and dreamt. The forest and domestic space are both situations and characters: they become a great presence both soothing and alarming, nostalgic and cryptic within the uneasy, staged realities they exist within.
In my process, I look at materials in new and exploratory ways and layer meaning with the associations of found objects and everyday materials. I vary my use of media, and I work to develop my knowledge and skills with different techniques such as paper casting, fiber dyeing, sound, laser cutting, cast glass and video projection. I seek out materials and found objects that are domestically meaningful (roofing paper, lanterns, cardboard, furniture) to communicate relationships such as a landscape created from Astroturf and cardboard, or a backlit photograph light-boxed within a dresser drawer. Found and altered objects, cast glass, lighting, projection, sound and other elements of stagecraft are used to evoke a surreal realm.