April 26, 2016

Mastering Art and Language

The adroit artistry of Alex Gingrow ’01 is almost as much about her words as it is her exceptional talents in paintings and drawings. How the Brooklyn-based studio artist connects creativity and wit is truly a thing of beauty.

Alex Gingrow '01 in her Brooklyn studio

“I truly do what I love,” Alex says. “My job is to be a critical thinker, a cultural analyzer, and an interpreter of my environment.”

After earning her Studio Art degree from Guilford College, Alex did post-baccalaureate work in studio art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston en route to receiving an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.

From her sobering charcoal and crayon drawings comprising the “Victim Series” (2005-07) to the smile- and smirk-inducing witticisms of her “Disposable Day Desk Calendar Series” (2013-present), Alex’s 15-year portfolio reveals that she is anything but a one-dimensional, single-minded talent.

Her work is grounded in great writing. “I have yet to meet a fellow Guilfordian who isn’t a strong writer,” Alex says.

“Guilford's emphasis on the importance of the humanities, on reading and writing, in all areas of education, is one of the greatest gifts of its education. Reading and writing are more than just vocabulary and grammar; they are the foundation for the articulation of ideas, for the strength of communication one needs both as a professional and as a community voice.”

Additionally, Alex says, Guilford provided the foundation for her character as a global citizen. As she strived to heed the College’s emphasis on community involvement and civic and political engagement, Alex believes her voice was heard and mattered as a Guilford student.

01.11.13, graphite, ink and acrylic on paper, 15 x 15 inches, 2013
01.11.13, graphite, ink and acrylic on paper, 15 x 15 inches, 2013

“That validation not only engendered my growth as a politically engaged adult,” Alex says, “it also created the sense of community and teamwork that I strive toward in any outreach that I do. Guilford's rich activist and service history fosters righteousness in its students and alums, offering a source of strength over which we bond and through which we find pride.”