Tessa is a full time artist and art educator based in Trinidad currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies. Her project is a troubling of the Caribbean archive and art canon as she investigates the silenced art histories of her foremothers. She is the mother of three daughters.
Inspired by the beauty of the mundane, everydayness of life and based on a combination of photographs, sketches and memory Tessa creates visual images which explore themes surrounding identity ,heritage and our connection to nature and the land.
Primarily a watercolour artist as the vibrant colour, fluidity and textures produced from the medium, capture the Caribbean essence and it is suitable to tropical conditions as it is quick drying and environmentally friendly, Tessa however often combines hand made papers and cultural embellishments to reflect her own mixed heritage Trinidadian aesthetic.
Tessa Alexander has an Associate's degree in fashion design and an MFA in Cultural Studies (her project and investigation of the impact of mothering and motherhood on art practice). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in collections around the world.
Contact : Tessaalexanderart@gmail.com