“I am inspired by the sensual world.
For most of my life, I have lived in places where I have been fortunate to be immersed in diverse and healthy communities of forest, ocean, lake, marsh, field and town and the various peoples who make their homes there. These landscapes have imprinted my work in more ways than I will ever know.
Originally, I trained in historic fashion and costume making. Years later, when I did my first exhibition at a gallery and it evolved into an installation, I was set on the path of doing sculptural works in textile. This marked the point where I stepped into creating immersive environments, whole worlds of cloth and kin. I took from my costume training an appreciation for this theatre of the senses. The theme of coming into connection, or reconnection, with the sensual world, I have discovered, is a core one in my work.
As I have evolved in my practice, my work with textiles has become a place that allows me to connect with my body through
direct engagement with cloth and material. Simultaneously, I have followed my interests in psychology, mindfulness practices and somatics, and trained in Intermodal Expressive Arts, integrating these into my studio practice. I have discovered that in cultivating this connection with bodily experience, I open myself to levels of awareness and layers in my work that would otherwise be unavailable to me.
I try to remain aware of multiple overlays of relationship as an artist: myself and the materials, the collaborative
relationship, my relationship with the emerging artwork, my relationship with the future audience who will receive the work, and the gallery space and staff that will act as the holding container for it.
This desire to remain receptive to both the successive and overlapping layers in relational space and the inherent wisdom of bodily
experience and the sensual world continues to be one of the driving forces and inspirations in my practice, a field of constant exploration.”
ALEXANDRA GOODALL is a multidisciplinary artist from the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. In her studio practice, her passion lies in sculptural textile and installation. In her facilitation work and individual sessions, she aims to bridge the disciplines of art, psychology and bodily presence. She holds a Masters Degree in Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Her undergraduate work was in Costume Studies at Dalhousie University.