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  • “Heads Will Roll”Heads Will Roll

    Photography 2017

  • “(Not)Prince and the Woodman”(Not)Prince and the Woodman

    Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20" 2016 Shown in the Walkers Point Center for the Arts Member Show 2017

  • “Jerry Lewis' Selfie”Jerry Lewis' Selfie

    Acrylic on Canvas 10" x20" 2016 Shown at Gallerie M, Intercontinental Hotel 2016 Milwaukee, WI Under the aegis of Bay View Artists Guild

  • “Fred Contemplating”Fred Contemplating

    Acrylic on canvas board 2016 Juried into the Wright Museum, Beloit WI 2016

  • “Ofrenda for the Personae”Ofrenda for the Personae

    Three-dimensional piece consisting of 3 paintings by the artist, photocopies of her paintings, collage, photos of personae and other objects Created Autumn 2016 From: The Personae Project Shown during the installation Madam Odonata's Wake Marn Pop Up Gallery January-February 2018

  • “Portrait of Madam Odonata as Syed He Saan al BaHr”Portrait of Madam Odonata as Syed He Saan al BaHr

    Acrylic, Felt and Plastic Sea Horses on paper 11" x 14" December 2014 Shown at the Wustum Art Museum, Racine WI 2015 From the Personae Project

Alexa Hollywood

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ARTIST'S NOTE: My YouTube Channel and Blurb Books can be accessed with the Icons on the left. It's Sleight of Hand. Take a chance! Also included is a fantasy/journal using an electronic format (Tumblr)

Artist Bio I

Ms. Hollywood first encountered visual art at age four when she and her siblings would race through the Seattle Art Museum which at that time was located in Volunteer Park.The guard was wary but tolerated them. In contrast, the guard at the Conservatory summarily tossed the ebullient brats out of that Victorian glass building. After age six, her visits to the art museum were more sporadic.

She attended college at the University of Washington where she worked in the Audio Visual Department showing slides and films in Art History classes. She also showed slides for visiting artists at the Seattle Art Museum. She continued visiting museums.

Throughout her life, she was an avid doodler and visitor of art museums in the USA and abroad.She finally decided to make visual art. She has been a published poet and a choreographer/performance artist who received small grants.

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Artist Bio II

Alexa Hollywood was born into poverty in a dysfunctional family. By age 15 she had undiagnosed agitated depression, by age 21, OCD. She was functional enough and by age 35 managed to acquire an MSW. By age 50 she took the long slow elephant walk into oblivion where she remained for 10 years. At age sixty, she decided to return to the world. She plotted her return. She must engage. And activities must be within a mile of where she lived to ensure she would participate. She began to take drawing and painting classes through the Sports and Rec Department at Riverside High School. By a weird fluke, she became infected with parasitic worms. When she sought treatment she was told she was psychotic. After two and a half years she finally was prescribed Albenza and was worm free. However, by that time, she had an impaired immune system. Creating was her solace and sanctuary. And so she became an artist.

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Artist's Statement:

Alexa Hollywood is a performance/multidisciplinary artist creating iterations of self and identity. She has been in twenty-three juried, member, and invitational shows in a little over three years throughout South East Wisconsin including the Wustum Art Museum in Racine, the Wright Museum in Beloit and the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.

She has started a new series of works "The LillianDdottir, Confessional Poet Cycle." These pieces are an interplay between personal history and art history. Just as books were utilized in The Personae Project, video vignettes are being utilized in this multi-year project. They can be seen at Alexa Hollywood on YouTube

She recently finished a three and a half year long project entitled The Personae Project. This work proceeds from exploring permutations of identity and self by means of creating personae. These personae range through three centuries. Some are archetypical, some mundane and some surreal. Through the use of acrylic painting, collage, photography, assemblages, costumes, and books Ms. Hollywood has produced a body of work that is loosely autobiographical; shot through with fantasy, personal symbols, and myth. Others have described the Personae Project as theatrical and hermetic. At the conclusion of the project, she created an installation entitled "Madam Odonata's Wake" for the MARN Pop UP Gallery in January 2018

The books can be seen in their entirety online at Alexa Hollywood/Blurb Books. The Compleat Personae and the Ofrenda is a compendium of writings, photographs of the personae and of art relating to them.