Alexis O'Brien is a self- and community-taught artist centered in the practices of film photography and record keeping. She was brought up in Louisville, Kentucky and is now rooted on the land of the Canarsee Lenape people modernly known as Queens, New York, where she earns her livelihood as an acquisitions editor for an academic press.
In her creative work, Alexis uses recorded images and stories to reflect the inevitability of interdependence and the nature of time, and how we exist within those frameworks: full of feeling and perceptive of truth, trying always to reconcile our deaths. In gathering evidence of how we’re here—maybe as some of the last generations of our species—Alexis is most interested in photography’s potential to uplift the immaterial dimensions of living, those qualities that may not be quantifiable but which resonate with our spirits.
Through analog and Earth-honoring processes, she endeavors to demonstrate a freedom of experience and imagination that preserves the markings of technical mistakes, celebrating chance, ordinariness, and the reality of only ever being able to hold on to anything for a mere shimmering moment.
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