art in all its forms

art in all its forms


Admit one

 General Admission, an exhibition by Tessa Alexander.

What does it mean to carve a small society up into fractions? What are the functions and implications of these divisions; how are these divisions, based on class, race, education, political affiliation, sexuality, gender and even disability, reflected in everyday life?

A glimpse might be had from Tessa Alexander's latest show.


General Admission looks at this latest trend of dividing a space using rather imposing scaffolding creating sections within an area purely based on economics and naming these sections VIP and even VVIP relegating the General Admission section to the very back of the space so you become the outcast. This very disturbing trend has become the norm and it seems the past and where we have come from is repeating itself.

In this body of work I look at "General Admission" who does this apply to? Are we not all general admission, did carnival, jouvert, steel pan, doubles, sno cone etc not come out of the "General Admission" in our society?

I created this body of work based on these questions/observations and chose to highlight and even celebrate the general admission of us as a people.


Born in Trinidad Tessa Alexander always enjoyed creative expression and she remembers wanting to be an artist since childhood. After completing high school at Bishop Anstey, she went on to study Fashion Design and Merchandising at the International Academy of Design and Technology and worked in that field producing her own label for approx. 10 years. In 2004 she was given an artist residency at CCA7 after which she began renting a studio there as committing to a space dedicated to my practice would allow her work to grow. In 2005 she was invited on an artist residency to Delhi, India for six weeks and to a workshop in Nairobi Kenya in 2007. Her work can be found in collections in Germany, Canada, the US and regionally. At present she maintain a studio from her home and remains committed to her practice and to the education of children hosting weekly art classes and camps.--ARC Magazine.

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