© Jenny Papalexandris
*** This work deals with the senses. What it is to be a woman in the world. How to negotiate the society which is not a reflection of your making. The first image is a bound woman, as a symbol of all oppressed women, a poem of a body constrained. The second image is my hand, an offering to the world, to gain entry and equilibrium, the last image is like a moth in a cocoon, retreating from the world. The society we engage in does not support the feminine sensibility, art is one powerful way to speak about the states of mind of womanhood.
Jenny Papalexandris is a Visual Artist based in Australia. She holds a Master of Art (1997) and a Bachelor of Education (Art) 1987 from the University of NSW in Sydney.
She explores photography as a subjective response to the world of light and shadow. Her photographs are highly expressive and visually commanding. Thematically rich and diverse, her photography is imbued with a strong sense of poetry, symbolism and metaphor.
They are personal records tracing universal themes of loss, identity, the body as metaphor and nature. Her work, at times reveals a brooding, introspective questioning of her subjects to arrive at a sense of mystery and wonder.
The common thread in her diverse body of work is the impulse to ‘sense’ rather than ‘see.’ Her work reveals a singular vision explored with rigour and sensitivity, both visually and conceptually.
Jenny Papalexandris continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally. She participated in the Ten Diez International Art Event, held at the prestigious Magma Galleries in Tenerife, Spain. She has also exhibited in Album: Telling with Light held at the Garage Bonci in Italy. Her work has been shown extensively in the USA, at the Darkroom Gallery and The Center for Fine Art Photography, in Colorado, Gallery 1650 in Los Angeles. Jenny Papalexandris has been the recipient of numerous Art Awards. Her work has been included in various publications and media.
In 2016, The New Press published Papalexandris' photography book, Five Bells_ Being LGBT in Australia, designed and art directed by EWS Design and funded by the Arcus Foundation. The book was a two year project which grew and was launched at Aperture Foundation in New York City.