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Bio and Statement

Alexis E. Mabry (b. 1985) grew up in up in Dallas, Texas, but has also lived in Philadelphia and Richmond, Virginia. Her work explores Texan and feminine stereotypes in identity through observation, anecdote, and personal introspection. Being a female BMX rider, she explores feminine roles in male dominated activities. The work draws from the languages of painting, soft sculpture, and craft. She uses traditional art materials as well as found and thrift stuff. This mix allows for a “do it yourself” approach to forming identity, one which accommodates both creation and pastiche.

 

I never felt like a Texan until I lived in other places, where it seems everyone has an opinion about a place they haven’t visited. I find the idea of the “Texan” more compelling when it lives in this popular imagination, with a tenuous connection to lived reality. My work draws from both my own experiences here and those imagined identities.  

 My BMX bike has taken me to many places I wouldn’t have gone on my own. It has opened my eyes to the overlooked, the nuanced and seemingly undesirable landscapes of cities and small towns alike. All such places can be the perfect playground for riding. Although there are more women in BMX now, it is still a male dominated sport. I’ve been told that I am a “BMX girl” and a “Texan.” I like to think about these identities that have been given to me – what they mean to me and to others.  

 I collect stories, views, and things that I encounter in my community and landscape that resonate with these shifting identities. I use a mix of materials and techniques because it feels closer to shifting claims on telling a story.