Alexandra Standen

Alexandra Standen

b. 1988 Sydney, Australia
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia


Alexandra Standen is a Sydney based ceramic artist. Her latest body of work speaks to the process of making work in porcelain as well as ‘feeling uneasy’ around objects of fragile or precarious nature. Ceramic objects hold a functional quality and yet there is an anxiety associated with ceramic objects held within a gallery. We place vessels on a plinth, or behind glass and point to the fact that they are precious or historically valuable without addressing the ongoing narrative in these objects.

Graduating from The National Art School with 1st class honours in 2011, she has been awarded an APA and is currently undertaking a Masters by research at UNSW Art and Design. Standen has undertaken a number of artist residencies over the last 4 years in Paris, Tel Aviv, Geneva, the UK and rural NSW and Northern Territory. As a result, her work embodies how we come to exist within different environments and explores our relationships to both physical and emotional spaces.

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Masters of Fine Art, Research UNSW Art and Design (commenced Aug 2015)
Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours, National Art School
Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School

Solo Exhibitions

'Simple Softness', This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne
'Every Habitual Action', Chalk Horse, Sydney
'A Million Colours Just For You', Jan Murphy (online exhibition)
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Group Exhibitions

SPRING with This Is No Fantasy, Sydney
Sydney Contemporary with Chalk Horse, Sydney
'Compound', Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney
'Alexandra Standen – Selected Works', Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
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Awards | Residencies

Muswellbrook Art Prize (finalist)
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (finalist)
Churchie Emerging Art Prize, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (finalist)
30th Gold Coast Ceramic Award, NSW (finalist)
Stanthorpe art award, Queensland (finalist)
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Public Collections

Shepparton Regional Art MuseumVictoria Art Gallery of Western Australia
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