Alexandra Rose is an intermedia artist, gravitating toward metal in sculpture and photography. It is the transformative nature of cast metal that draws Rose to foundry work. At the age of eight, they were melting pennies on the stovetop, watching the copper and zinc as it warped, waiting for it to fall apart and drip into something new, into something completely different from the one-cent it once was. Metal can be solid, firm, and rigid in one moment and the next; fluid, soft, and delicate. This material duality is something Rose relates to as a nonbinary maker.
Rose’s creative process is a therapeutic ritual based on connection to the material, intuition, and physical labor. Their work focuses on the body as the unique vessel for human experience, revealing themes of growth, change, and the evolution of the authentic self. They utilize the visual connotations of different materials to describe, analyze, and learn about their own butch-femme-genderqueer body. They use recycled iron, among other mediums, to address feelings surrounding body image, class, shame, gendered experiences, relation to society, and their place in the natural world. Working cross-disciplinarily to archive moments in time allows Rose to create, reflect, release, and grow.
As of 2022, Rose is an Artist-in-Residence at Sloss Metal Arts, where they spend their days furthering their knowledge and love for the craft of iron casting in the Magic City. From 2019 to 2021, they worked for Artworks Foundry as the Production Assistant which included; being the mold librarian, a wax chaser/pourer, a part of the pour team, a ceramic shell technician, a mold maker, and a general laborer on other special projects. They also worked at The Crucible in Oakland, CA as the mold-making and foundry TA in 2021. During the summer of 2021, they completed a month-long internship at Sculpture Trails, where they installed Stripped in the Outdoor Museum’s collection. Rose served on the 2021 Steering Committee for the National Conference for Cast Iron Art and Practices, co-organizing panels and presentations. In 2019, they received their Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Institute of American Indian Arts where they majored in studio arts with an emphasis on bronze casting and historical chemical darkroom techniques for photography.