Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, currently based in Melbourne, Australia, and regularly travelling across the globe, the work of Alexia Brehas is heavily shaped by her experiences with place and people.
Working with ink on paper, as well as delicate metal engraving work, Alexia specialises in fine ink drawings comprised of tens of thousands of dots. Her practice is grounded upon clarity of intent and consideration to detail within all work. The presence of negative space acts as a secondary subject on its own, married to the meticulous detail of the artwork.
This harmony of parallels is reflected within the artist, who works within a consciously limited world of black and white. Alexia's work embodies an appreciation for the sublime, transient beauty of nature, humanity, and ritual, while also exploring its direct counterpart in mass manufacturing and consumerism. Coming from a background in art and graphic design, both the artist and subject matter attempt to reflect this uneasy relationship.
The laborious physicality of her craft, particularly the extremely fine, intricate dots Alexia chooses to use, requires intense concentration and a steady hand. This technique encourages viewers to inspect the work more closely, adding an extra sense of depth once you understand that the artwork is the sum of many parts, rather than one whole.