Elizabeth Alexander and Process

"Channeling neurosis and anxiety into busywork, menial tasks, and fussing over trivial duties I am caught in a cycle of reinvention and repair. Two full rolls of vintage wallpaper are broken down by extracting the pattern by hand, and reduced to piles of color and shapes to be reordered into separate collages of its positive and negative components. Through this process the body of the paper is filled with wayward voids and the pattern becomes oversaturated through the loss of its ground, thus misplacing some of its domestic qualities. In Expecting Company: Battenburg the negative spaces are joined to create a 13 foot collage of ambiguously shaped papers, while the positive components are condensed to coat cast paper forms that resemble furniture and household decorative objects. "

- Elizabeth Alexander

 Expecting Company: Battenburg (negative) hand cut wallpaper (2 rolls, negatives ), tyvek, glue, 13’x 6’x 6” 2016. Photo Credit Matthew Gamber

Expecting Company: Battenburg (negative) hand cut wallpaper (2 rolls, negatives ), tyvek, glue, 13’x 6’x 6” 2016. Photo Credit Matthew Gamber

 Expecting Company: Battenburg (positive) hand cut wallpaper (2 rolls, positives), paper. glue, 3’x 9’x 2’ 2016. Photo Credit Matthew Gamber

Expecting Company: Battenburg (positive) hand cut wallpaper (2 rolls, positives), paper. glue, 3’x 9’x 2’ 2016. Photo Credit Matthew Gamber