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Alexandra Dooley
Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa, Adjunct Instructor


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My watercolor paintings are derived from romantic imagery -- some found and some imagined, always revisited and revised through the abstracting processes of painting and drawing. Eroticism, violence and sentimentality are some of the necessary currents in the work and I indulge in them freely. But I am just as interested in how narratives are implied by a picture that is never more than partially available. Conversations about gender, sexuality and the erotic female arise from the strongly stereotyped images I use that are surprising and subversive. When the language of painting is allowed to assert itself the original content is no longer dominant and something more volatile and complex begins to come to the surface. These intense emotional sensations are what Iím really after in the work. I aim for the absolute messiness of reality through the romanticism of abstraction.





born: 1972, New Smyrna, Florida



Florida State University, BFA, 1993
University of Northern Iowa, MA, 2002


selected publications

Manifest Exhibition Annual; Season 10. Cincinnati, Ohio: Manifest Press 2013


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Outside of Time, Wisconsin Union Directorate, Gallery 1308, Madison, Wisconsin, 2014
Bedtime Stories,Bachman Fine Arts Center, Waldemar A. Shmidt Gallery, Wavery, Iowa, 2012
She Wore, Mount Mercy College, Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2006


selected group shows

Aquachrome,Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2013
Delicious Torment, Nave Gallery, Somerville, Masschusetts, 2012
Ephemera, Truman State University Gallery, Kirksville, Missouri, 2007
Generations 5, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York, 2005



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