Caryl Henry Alexander's artworks are homages to our ancestors. Her work invites the viewer to examine that dimension, which veils those who dwell in the spirit world from those we ascribe as the living. This dimension is called our heart. Painting, sculpture, art education and public and community art are her primary tools. The artist weaves personal experience, spirit, travel study, nature and humanity into paintings and mixed media works that engage both her art and community audiences.
Having been commissioned to create murals, sculpture, site specific installations and paintings both here and abroad, she has worked in numerous public and private collections. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States-including solo exhibitions at Purdue University, North Carolina Central University Art Museum, and the American Cultural Center in Ibadan, Nigeria. Group exhibits include the Fourth International Biennial of Art in Havana, Cuba, and the Musee Albert Marzelles in Marmande, France.
An ongoing creative activity for Caryl remains involvement in school-based and community art projects. This involves working with our youth to build personal and community empowerment by creating murals, banners and ancestor masks.
Caryl has curated exhibitions in California and New Jersey, and she has lectured widely at colleges, universities, and in community settings. Currently, she is working on a new body of work and is a Maryland State Arts Council arts-in-education roster artist.
"Background Factors" is a multimedia artwork created by Caryl and poet Jesse Alexander. The piece interweaves poetry, music, photos, paintings, and sculpture to examine the social and cultural forces that shape the quality of our lives. "Background Factors" is being performed at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center on October 10.