With a deep understanding of the language of painting and drawing Alexandra Sassé interprets the intangibles of human presence through colour and line. Working repeatedly with a small select circle of models, the intensity of the studio spills into these deeply articulate compositions of the head; images found in translation.
‘My aim is neither to reproduce reality nor delineate a character but to create. I am not heading the picture towards a truth already grasped, but responding to something unfolding. The work becomes about what is transmitted or transacted through that time in the studio translated to form and composition through the language of painting or drawing.’
‘Sasse paints her agonies in understanding the face as much as she paints the face itself…the attempt to knock out a solution to form in colour is worthy and brave.’
– Robert Nelson, The Age (15/02/2012)
Alexandra holds postgraduate qualifications in Fine Art from both Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University.
Image:Alexandra Sasse, Head of V.H. 2011, oil on canvas, 56 x 43cm.