"I discovered the title for this show while working on a commissioned piece. It was to be the centerpiece for the main room in a beautiful spanish style home. The couple that ordered it wanted the piece to represent their connection, family and togetherness. Most of my work is wholly intuitive, without a rigid structure or direction from the outset and as I reflected on the idea of marriage, and let the patterns take shape, I began to recognize a familiar movement. A movement which represents the most basic act, and that would eventually become the base for the piece and for this show: the act of Breathing.
Marriage and intimacy follows the same movement as breathing. As I exhale, I expand and express myself as an individual and as I inhale, I receive the other person's expression. The same happens when I inhale and take in the air from the world around me, which I incorporate into my being, transforming myself, and then release back into world, transformed. Breathing is transformation, integration, connecting, exchanging. And all this I can see in the interaction between two people. I saw it while working on the commissioned piece, expressing itself in the flow of shapes that seemed to contract and expand, retain and release, in essence breathe, and in doing so, transform. Receiving and giving in perfect proportion, perfect balance. That is the balance we reach for in a union.
And this idea of movement as breath, as exchange, continued on to permeate my other pieces, each one becoming independent and finding a particular angle or aspect human connection. Like the nurturing feel of the piece 'Giving' reflected in the protected or encased smaller elements within the larger structure. While the piece 'Receiving' seems to have it's different niches increasingly populated by incoming elements. The outside joining the inside. The wonderful exchange of sharing, mixing essences. Or the piece 'Expanding', which looks as though its trying to show what happens when you share, how you grow and move beyond your own boundaries. Together, these peaces celebrate union in all it's aspects as they explore and reflect of the most fundamental act of life." - Simone Alexandrino