Alexandra Park McDonough

Alexandra Park McDonough
Majors & Minors: Dual degree in Studio Arts and Biological Sciences, Chemistry minor
Expected Term of Graduation: Fall 2020

Hometown: Champaign, Illinois

Alexandra’s drive as an artist is to combine both biology and art to create communication and discussion. She was able to experience this early on as a Physics and Astronomy Artist-in-Residence and the 2019 Wyoming Field Study. In the future, she wants to go to graduate school for Medical Illustration.

Aritst Statement:
Focusing on form and line weight, I take various characteristics from the study of biology and combine them to create a unique collage of organic figures. My work can vary from observational drawings of the organisms to using characteristics of organisms to create a fantastical organic creature. I am fascinated by the function and movement of microorganisms through their environments, by their curved shapes, natural symmetry, and patterns. The uniqueness of each cell introduces change and evolution. My interest is in beauty found in the natural world that is not seen by the unaided human eye.

My process begins by looking at data and images of scientific-oriented research. Then I draw connections with the natural world and different artistic techniques and materials. I work primarily in painting, drawings and animation, and I also work in sculpture when evoking touch or surface. I am more productive when I play with the process rather than trying to create a final product. The fluidity of play correlates with the organicness of my creative research.


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