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In focus: Mapping childhood reminiscence with Alexandra Venegas

Born and Raised in Miami, Alexandra Venegas is recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Much of her work revolves around her identity as a Cuban woman. The culture shock of leaving Miami has manifested itself in her objects. Bringing to fruition work about family, love, and the fears that come along with them. 

The Sentiment of a hand felted wool chair (2020)

The sentiment of a hand painted flower.  My aunt’s aesthetic physically plastered everywhere.  Beautifully thoughtful and beautifully bothersome.  An object meant to capture this very thought. 

Roving wool and felting needles to replace a paintbrush and pain
“It’s a Pyramid”

It’s a bird…

It’s a plane…

It’s a pyramid?
“Learning to Love This Moment”
16”x10”x8” model 
Wood, Oil Paint, Unstretched Canvas, Graphite, Chalk, Paper, Polymer Clay, Wire, Roving Wool and Clothes Pins.  
working title
36” x 72”
Oil and Colored Pencil on Canvas

Speculative Design for the Self, A retrospective through drawing. Degree Project, Furniture Design, Spring 2020, Rhode Island School of Design

“He’s got floral vision”


I work when I am stricken with fear. Yet, my work invokes that same fear. A perpetual cycle. I fear becoming unhinged, without restraint what do I become? Does my work have that kind of power or is it me that I am afraid of? What do the drawings yell when I stop caring? When I work from the inner depths of my carnal desires? Create and create and forget about the carnage that I leave behind by bringing them to life. Anger, sadness, uncertainty: the emotions from which I create and the creation my answer


“When we touch it’s electric”
“A map of my childhood bedroom”

Follow Alexandra on her social media >

✽ Instagram

✽ Website

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