Feb. 5th – March 26th 2021
“A Type of Girl”
Gallery Talk on our YouTube channel
Alexandria Canchola is a Texas-based designer, illustrator, and practicing artist whose work is often inspired by a fondness for storytelling, color, letterforms, and filmmaking. Through narrative storytelling, her work explores universal and often unresolved themes that have preoccupied mankind since the beginning of time.
In A Type of Girl, Alexandria Canchola debuts a series of work that examines the roles society casts on each other so that they are simply a “type of character.” Canchola has investigated narrative through the combination of word and image, studying their relationship as they simultaneously merge together and break apart. This work showcases the significance that typographical forms possess using letters as formal design elements as well as basic symbols of communication. The color palettes used to subvert the viewer’s idea of emotion; centering on themes such as loneliness, solitude, and voyeurism and showcasing these emotions in the bright powerful hues in which we feel them.
Canchola’s career in the arts has included detours into the fields of journalism and filmmaking. She has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in 2D Design from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She has worked for publications, small businesses, and non-profits in many roles working to solve problems creatively so ideas can come to life. Her personal approach to creative work stems from her desire to empower people and make a difference by crafting work that is engaging and most importantly meaningful. She has completed residencies at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, and Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. Her work has received awards from American Illustration, American Advertising Federation, Pulse Magazine, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, and more. She is currently an Assistant Professor for the Graphic Design program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.