Alessandra Exposito - Greener Pastures

Mixed Greens is thrilled to announce their second solo show with Alessandra Exposito. In this exhibition, Exposito presents large-scale paintings and an installation of animal skulls.

For the past few years, Exposito has created small sculptures using chicken skulls. While the rooster is a national symbol in Cuba, Exposito purposefully chose its female counterpart to be the subject of her work. The adorned skulls comment on the use of large, exotic game as decoration and use the hen as a vehicle to explore power, gender roles and the body.

In this exhibition, Exposito broadens her vocabulary and constructs a “trophy wall” of farm animals and beloved pets. She flirts with machismo stereotypes associated with the “hunter” to create a wall of skulls that appropriate and exploit trendy accoutrements of femininity. Over a dozen chicken skulls hang together with skulls of a horse, dogs, cats and mice.

Each skull’s tender decoration and meticulous detailing evokes the intimacy of a fetish object, while their large sculpted horns imply a more grandiose history. Tiny jewels are used as accents that draw attention to the marvelous intricacies of the skull with its many hollows, fragile projections, and lacy contours. The animal’s memorial portrait is painted on the skull along with its fictitious name, habitat or owner.

In the north gallery, pieces of the trophy wall are repeated in Exposito’s ambitious paintings. In each, a life-sized self-portrait floats among antlers, dead game, jewels and bullet holes on the canvas. Elements of the feminized hunt appear and surround the figure. Just as the trophy wall blurs the boundary between feminine and masculine, the entrancing figures appear to exist in an ambiguous in-between space.

"The hen has been central to the iconography of my paintings. My fascination with this animal has evolved from exploring it as a two- dimensional subject to using it as the medium itself. My bejeweled chicken skulls interplay the image of the hen and all her connotations with the rugged machismo associated with large, exotic, mounted game. In this body of work I appropriate trendy and clichéd accoutrements of femininity, exploiting the color pink and using rhinestones as accents.  In a new series, I have broadened my vocabulary to construct a “trophy wall” of farm animals and beloved pets. These larger skulls are adorned in a fashion similar to the smaller pieces. Each skull is candy-coated in hues of glossy enamel and decorated with a memorial portrait of the animal along with a fictional name, habitat or owner. Tiny rhinestones are used as accents that draw attention to the marvelous intricacies of the skulls with their many hollows, fragile projections, and lacy contours. Sculpted horns that mimic deer horns adorn each piece, large and small. Each skull’s tender decoration evokes the intimacy of a fetish object, while their large sculpted horns imply a more grandiose history." Alessandra Exposito

Examples of work from the Alessandra Exposito - Greener Pastures exhibition


Alessandra Exposito - Gigi - mixed media on chicken skull


Alessandra Exposito - Duke - mixed media on chicken skull


Alessandra Exposito - Bunny - mixed media on chicken skull


Alessandra Exposito - Easy Girl - mixed media on dog skull


Alessandra Exposito - Sugarplum - mixed media on chicken skull


Alessandra Exposito - Trixie - mixed media on chicken skull

Alessandra Exposito - Greener Pastures
Exhibition: August 24 - October 7, 2006
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