Alexandra Tee  - A collaboration with Alexandra Stefanec

Nov 2018 - March 2019

 
 
Alexandra Stefanec  @alexandrastefanec

Alexandra Stefanec

@alexandrastefanec

Annie Carlson met Alexandra about a year ago in Denver, CO. She fell in love with her art at once and they began to spend time together and developed a lovely frndship. Alexandra’s process as an artist has always been a sincere reflection of how she internally navigates through personal experiences. She has taken her ability of internal coping with her anxiety disorder, and has channeled it toward her very obvious attraction to the arts.

 
“The images I make are my own personal maps to navigating my life, and the finals works are statements and symbols of things that I needed to be recognized by myself and by others. Each shape and line are letters and words that make sentences and statements, which most oftentimes serve as the titles of my work. There are certain shapes that have literal translated meanings to me. A circle, for instance, is the shape I most closely identify with— they don’t have to be perfect in shape, and they can be subtle. Whenever a circle is used in my work, there is a certain level of gravitas to the painting—it means that am present in a very sincere way”

“The images I make are my own personal maps to navigating my life, and the finals works are statements and symbols of things that I needed to be recognized by myself and by others. Each shape and line are letters and words that make sentences and statements, which most oftentimes serve as the titles of my work. There are certain shapes that have literal translated meanings to me. A circle, for instance, is the shape I most closely identify with— they don’t have to be perfect in shape, and they can be subtle. Whenever a circle is used in my work, there is a certain level of gravitas to the painting—it means that am present in a very sincere way”

 
“Something that progressed my abstraction even further was an epiphany I had in my undergraduate years. I was doing research on the basic principals of cartography and I quickly realized that maps are abstract renderings of an identified landscape. While maps achieve some accuracy, they are mere projections of something that is impossible to render with complete accuracy. This spoke to me way more as an artist than a historian, because this idea reflects so much of how I work as a painter. A cartographer sees the physical world, and translates the landmass into something that can be understood through shapes and lines. I exist in my life, observing, and living in the physical sense, but in order to cope with the meanings, anxieties, and reactions to my life, through painting I must translate those things into shapes and lines under one dynamic composition. So I began to look at maps specifically to understand how my shapes can be more dynamic, while still maintaining the integrity of the painting’s concept”

“Something that progressed my abstraction even further was an epiphany I had in my undergraduate years. I was doing research on the basic principals of cartography and I quickly realized that maps are abstract renderings of an identified landscape. While maps achieve some accuracy, they are mere projections of something that is impossible to render with complete accuracy. This spoke to me way more as an artist than a historian, because this idea reflects so much of how I work as a painter. A cartographer sees the physical world, and translates the landmass into something that can be understood through shapes and lines. I exist in my life, observing, and living in the physical sense, but in order to cope with the meanings, anxieties, and reactions to my life, through painting I must translate those things into shapes and lines under one dynamic composition. So I began to look at maps specifically to understand how my shapes can be more dynamic, while still maintaining the integrity of the painting’s concept”

 
 
“The graphic that is used for this collaboration with FRNDS OF OURS was first drawn on July 12, 2018. I was having a complicated and anxious night and drew what is seen on this shirt. It was made into a painting in the fall time, and co-owner of FRNDS OF OURS and dear friend of mine Annie Carlson bought this painting about 2 hours after completion. It is currently in her home and she quickly pitched the idea of making the painting into a graphic to be sold through FRNDS OF OURS. As the company’s first collaboration with an artist, I was honored to accept her offer, and now the tee is a product and I am so grateful to share my work with this company and share what I do as an artist”

“The graphic that is used for this collaboration with FRNDS OF OURS was first drawn on July 12, 2018. I was having a complicated and anxious night and drew what is seen on this shirt. It was made into a painting in the fall time, and co-owner of FRNDS OF OURS and dear friend of mine Annie Carlson bought this painting about 2 hours after completion. It is currently in her home and she quickly pitched the idea of making the painting into a graphic to be sold through FRNDS OF OURS. As the company’s first collaboration with an artist, I was honored to accept her offer, and now the tee is a product and I am so grateful to share my work with this company and share what I do as an artist”

 
Annie Carlson in front of the original painting she purchased from Alexandra earlier this year

Annie Carlson in front of the original painting she purchased from Alexandra earlier this year

 
 
 
The fruit of our frndship with Alexandra is a perfect graphic tee. Her map-like shapes in an orangey red translate beautifully onto a creamy super soft 100% cotton tee. We love you Alexandra!  xoxo, frnds of ours

The fruit of our frndship with Alexandra is a perfect graphic tee. Her map-like shapes in an orangey red translate beautifully onto a creamy super soft 100% cotton tee. We love you Alexandra!

xoxo, frnds of ours