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Philadelphia artist Anastasia Alexandrin offers visions of independence
Philadelphia fine artist Anastasia Alexandrin reflects on a career as an independent artist.
“I very much admire Peter Paone,” she said. “He is able to work in so many different forms of art and never lose who he is through all the changes his work has gone through.”
After discussing the transition that Paone made, when he decided to leave a financially rewarding run in the New York art world for a return to the Philadelphia art community, the conversation turned to the advantages of independence in an artists career.
“Being Independent has allowed me to evolve at my own pace without the duress of making a gallery unhappy,” she said. “Sales can drive an artist into making art that is no longer his own but driven by the market. That is when your imagination stops and you start to repeat yourself.”
For an artist that is driven by issues of female identity, that would conceivably create a chasm in the art. After all, an artist must continuously evolve if they are going to provide an effective social commentary.
“I want to explore drawing more deeply and bring about a new found awareness of life’s possibilities,”
In spite of having no gallery representation, Alexandrin is building a strong following. An appointment to her studio to view her work has become a highly sought-after invitation among collectors. Currently, her art is featured along with Peter Paone’s in the “Haunting Narratives” collection at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. The collection will be on display through July 15.
“I say what I want to say in my drawings without hesitation or worry of satisfying anyone but myself,” says Alexandrin. “It’s been quite a ride and I love it.”
The feature article on Anastasia Alexandrin in The Indie Times can be read here:
The homepage for the Woodmere Art museum can be found here:
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