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Alix Anne Shaw

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artist bio

Alix Anne Shaw is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of two poetry collections, Dido in Winter (Persea Books 2014) and Undertow (Persea Books 2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Crab Orchard Review, and New American Writing. Her sculpture and installations have been exhibited at the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her geocached poem can be found in Milwaukee's Lake Park (for more information, visit

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artist statement

As an artist, I variously vie for, invite, demand, and confront the attention of my viewer. I create small acts to inject a sense of lyricism into otherwise bleak landscapes. The result is work that demands small acts of attention, inviting viewers to reconsider the mundane. Co-opting, disrupting, destabilizing, opposing, holding forth, building small fires of meaning and protest in the cracks—this is what I want my work to achieve. In short, I think of my work as a process of weirding space in order to challenge our predominant modes of encounter. By framing new spaces, both physical and linguistic, I ask the viewer to question what we think we know about ourselves, others, and the way we exist in our collective environments.