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About Alex Wilde

Biography

Alex Wilde is a visual artist based in Glasgow. Born in Sheffield, Alex studied at the Leeds College of Art and Design in 1997/98 and then The Glasgow School of Art. She graduated in 2001 from the Environmental Art department, from which her interest in the relationship between art, public space and community stems. Since graduating, Alex has been involved in creative projects across Scotland with a variety of groups in different settings. Most recently she was part of the group forming the Open Jar Collective.

Key projects since graduating include Broth Mix, a collaborative project with Leigh French in the Intermedia Gallery, CCA, Glasgow in 2007, A Fertile Ground, commissioned by Fife Contemporary Art and Craft in 2010 and A Growing Exchange, a collaborative project supported by the CCA in Glasgow and Stroom in The Hague, started in 2011. She has been working with Artlink Edinburgh since 2008 developing the Growing Spaces project at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital amongst other programmes of activity. She also has a strong commitment to her local community working on creative projects with the Govanhill Baths Community Trust and the Streetland arts festival in Govanhill since 2008.

Artist Statement

My practice is cross-disciplinary, often incorporating elements of performance, installation and film. My work tends to be non-gallery-based and is site-specific – each project tailored to suit the space I am working in and the communities of people that I bring together to form unique collaborations.

My work is usually temporary in its nature, with the process of development often being as important (if not more so) than an end product or event. I view the majority of my work as collaborative and play different roles in each situation, always as a facilitator but sometimes playing a more visible role as a performer or director.

Food – its production, distribution and consumption – is a key area of interest in my practice, particularly the social aspect of people coming together to grow, cook and eat food. I am also interested in food systems on a local and global level; the means and methods of production, exchange and sustainability.

I seek to explore and investigate and bring attention to these issues through the staging of events, the creation of platforms (both physical and metaphorical) and interventions which bring people together and encourage dialogue around our connection to our environment, the land and to each other. I want to spark connections on different levels, from the very personal act of eating to the wider issues of global food security. I am also interested in encouraging people to see, experience and use familiar environments in a different way.

Alex Wilde’s CV can be downloaded here