Projects > Delimitations: words to live by

Generational Flag Bearer (Americana)
Nine ponchos made with cyanotype on cotton muslin, cotton muslin, chainette fringe, pom fringe, colonial style nails
48” x 60” (single set of 9 unique ponchos)
De Donde Soy
Cyanotype on cotton muslin, cotton muslin, and flag holder
60” x 144”
cyanotype on cotton muslin, cotton batting and gold thread
24” x 24”
Los Intersticios (of no place/no time- Francisca’s House)  2020-2022
cyanotype on cotton muslin, cotton batting and American flags quilted
96” x 120”
La Bandera 2021-2022
Cotton and American Flags
48” x 24”
Fortis Proposito (strong ideals)
Cotton, Tulle, cyanotype
216” x 240”

Alexandra Robinson’s solo exhibition, Delimitations, or words to live by uses both drawings and multimedia works to investigate ideas of identity and signifiers that question place and how one exists in that place. Robinson co-opts symbols in order to play with meaning and she is especially interested in an American ideology that was never meant for everyone even if multiplicity is the American experience.

Robinson is deeply connected to the complex history of what it is to be Mexican-American (and one who didn’t grow up speaking Spanish) and of Jewish heritage brought up in a most American institution, the United States Army. These edges challenge and reinforce Robinson’s sense of identity and are directly reflective of how generations of her family internalized what it means to be American.

Through the use of Morse code, flag semaphore and the flag form Robinson appropriates symbols of American exceptionalism, which are informed by her upbringing and familiarity with military family life, and American ideals. The work conjures ideas of nation, place, power, and becomes representative of identity. By presenting languages that are possible to translate she is setting up boundaries, edges – a place of borders. Robinson takes inspiration from Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera, in which the author explores borders in language, location and culture. It is in the friction of two worlds that una herida abierta (the open wound), where one world grates against the first and bleeds, that a third is created. Through the boundaries of language and experience Robinson has had to learn to move between worlds to construct a solid foundation.