Alejandra Morales Garza
Alejandra Morales Garza Art
Alejandra Morales Garza (b. Monterrey, 1993) is a visual artist working mostly in oil and acrylic. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Liberal Arts from McGill University. Alejandra continued her education by pursuing a Master's in Art and Design Research at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her dissertation focused on Mexican costumbrismo and the configuration of Mexican identity through the portrayal of food in art.
In 2018, she had her first solo exhibition ‘El Huitlacoche y otras pasiones’ at EINA Espai Barra de Ferro in Barcelona. After finishing her studies, she returned to her native Monterrey, where she has had multiple collective 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 the feminine, the tender, vulnerable, delicate, and fragile. However, I am not merely trying to paint a pretty picture. Instead, I intend to create a distorted reality, a scene that is trying too hard to be aesthetic, resulting in something exaggerated, baroque, and cynical. 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. John Currin, one of my pictorial references, expresses that good melancholy comes from thwarted joy and that’s how, through compositions that are both pleasing and grotesque, I confront the viewers with their own underlying desires and lusts.
Monterrey can be described as a city of contradictions: where the wealthiest neighborhoods have one of the highest GDP per capita rates anywhere in Latin America, and the poor languish in slums. In this city, time seems to have stopped since traditions and social practices have remained the same for decades.
After living outside of Mexico during the first half of my 20s, I returned to Monterrey and recognized a distorted vision of success, a narrow, even asphyxiating idea of fulfillment for women: marrying young, having a breadwinner husband and a big family. My paintings are mainly about the passage of time; I am especially interested in the pressure that time exerts over women, the biological clock, and motherhood as the only source of personal validation.
My artwork is about female sexuality and traditional women’s ideals of being a housewife and a child bearer. Since this is an ideology rooted in my native city and, therefore, a reality in my surroundings, it is undoubtedly an influence in my work and continues to conflict with my personal views.