AP ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ALEXANDRA SACHS
Beginning ESD as a sophomore in high school, it was also my first year of studio art. Prior to attending ESD, I took ceramics, but within my first year of studio art I fell in love with it and the way it felt to produce intricate work on paper with colors and meaning. Since I am only in my third year of art and had only a little bit of experimentation with it before I came to ESD, I am still learning. Although my skills are still developing, I have found my own voice through my work and a style that I enjoy pursuing.
Usually using color pencil, I have created pieces that embody emotions through the use of color and how powerful it can be. Junior year I created the piece Contour, which started my exploration of hands and connecting them to the people who are most important to me and what they do with their hands daily. When creating this piece that sparked my interest, I was drawn in by the idea that behind our hands and through observation of what someone does with their hands, you learn more about them than you would think. Thus began my introduction to my senior portfolio, which consists of vibrant hands and the meaning behind them.
Although the majority of my art this year has revolved around this hand theme using colored pencil, I am excited to work further with different mediums such as paint, watercolor, and oil pastels. This hand exploration has brought me the freedom to experiment with colors, and mixed media creative backgrounds, something that I have cherished about my portfolio. I am only on my third year of my studio art journey and I am excited to have so much ahead of me to learn and develop as an artist.
Alexandra’s pieces are physiologic homages to the people she knows and cares about. An unlikely encounter between Pop Art and Michelangelo's Hands of God and Adam makes her work flexible in meaning and universal.
- Juan Negroni, AP Studio Art Teacher