Interview with avant-garde artist Alexandra Francis

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It’s just as important to apply for exhibitions, competitions and for interviews to display your work just as much as it is to create the work! If you want to break into this industry you must think off your feet! Be brave and explore pathways that have not been explored previously!

Tell us about yourself and what you do
I am an emerging avant-garde artist, born and raised in Leeds, England.

pin_my_anxiety_by_alexandra_francisWho has inspired you in your life and why?
You know, anything in life inspires me for my artwork, and, why shouldn’t it? This world is magical. Your life may change in many ways, you may have a change in job, lose a relationship with someone, even fall into deep depression, but every time that you look outside of the window, you will still see the sky above you and feel the sunshine on your face when it is a nice, warm day. It is something we often take for granted, that the grass will be green when it is not snowing, or that the stars will shine in the night sky, but really, we are very lucky to have it all at our finger tips. That is more than enough to inspire me.

What is your greatest achievement and why?
I have only really exhibited in my own city of Leeds in the past, though I am exhibiting elsewhere in this present time. I have recently just been a part of a group exhibition in London at the Candid Galleries known as “The Dark Arts”, the exhibition unfortunately ended on the 9th November 2016. It was very exciting however, as it was the first time that I have ever exhibited in London! I would say that exhibiting in London was a big achievement, even though last year was just as exciting, as I exhibited as part of a group show called “We are Here in Yellow and Red” in Catalonia!

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
As an artist, you must remember that this career does not come easily, you cannot achieve it in a day, a week, or a month. You will be rejected as often as you will be accepted, and you should learn not to take that to heart, because really, it does not mean that you are a bad artist, I like to think that when you are rejected from an exhibition or an interview, it means that it simply wasn’t the time for you to have that opportunity. Also, I know a lot of artists who spend a lot of time by creating artwork, but seem to have no interest in exhibiting the artwork that they create. Please remember that it’s just as important to apply for exhibitions, competitions and for interviews to display your work just as much as it is to create the work! If you want to break into this industry you must think off your feet! Be brave and explore pathways that have not been explored previously! Do not close yourself off to the world when you make something that you are not proud of, show it, preach it and love it!

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