Alejandra Morales Garza
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|Alejandra Morales Garza (b. Monterrey, 1993) is a visual artist working mostly in oil and acrylic.|
Alejandra Morales Garza (b. Monterrey, 1993) is a visual artist working mostly in oil and acrylic.
She received her BA from McGill University in 2016, but Alejandra continued her education by pursuing a Master's degree in Art and Design Research at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After finishing her studies, she returned to Mexico, where she has had multiple art shows at galleries, museums, and alternative spaces. Her artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Spain.
"I paint scenes typically associated with femininity, tenderness, and fragility. I create fantastical worlds that are distorted and baroque while remaining comforting and aesthetic. The humorous and ironic undertones to many of my works have led some to refer to it as being kitsch. However, I believe the excessive use of ornamentation can be seen as reflective of life’s negations: clichés that have lost their innocence without spreading wisdom.
Fundamentally, my artwork explores female sexuality and traditional female ideals of being a housewife and a child bearer. This is an ideology deeply rooted in my native city of Monterrey, in the conservative North of Mexico. This vision of success, a narrow, even asphyxiating idea of fulfilment, is one that I find simultaneously fascinating and repellent. In my pieces, I typically contemplate these themes through the use of metaphor – principally birds and flowers. My aim is to use warmth, tonality and humour as a means of ideological expression.
My artistic process is a never-ending journey of discovering both myself and my surroundings. Whether it’s trying to figure out what authenticity means in the radically polarised city that is Monterrey, in its intimate and idiosyncratic art scene, or even at a personal level—I am constantly trying to figure out my own sense of genuineness, only to identify an increasing number of inconsistencies and contradictions. I don’t seek to patronise or propagandise. Rather, I aim to confront the viewers with their own underlying desires and lusts, in pieces that never fail to be as subversive as they are comforting." – Alejandra Morales Garza, 2021