About

Sculpture brings myth into the world. It is my conduit to reimagining origins in the realms of anthropology and biology. These notions come together as I embody them in physical terms, finding ways of expressing the relationship between our human and animal selves. This is especially significant in a world where we have become transformers of worlds and not just commoditisers of Nature. The ensuing erosion of the past and with it our sense of place is like environmental dementia. In a personal attempt to restore some form of memory and understand where we are coming from, I draw from remnants of the deep past, from archaeology, the fossil record, and historical accounts. Using these elements, I construct particular stories that inform the present and an as-yet-unknown future.

Photography is critical in this process of reconstruction. It enables me to capture an instance in the inexorable passing of time. As the subject moves on in the world, so does a photograph undergo change with shifting contexts as well as its own physical alteration, or perhaps transformation. The physical relationship with the materials I work with fosters visceral connections with an abstracted world which I make concrete. The outcomes are once again made abstract through their images in a process of continual flux and synthesis.

The works I do stand as both solitary things and as intersecting trajectories constantly merging and separating. I see this as a metaphor for how we relate as both spiritual beings and animal entities; two domains indissolubly linked and contained within each and every one of us.

The restrictions brought about by coronavirus have made me reconsider the logistical and curatorial challenges posed by physical works. I have confronted this, finding new ways of developing such works where they cannot be physically present. Photography is one way of doing this. My intention is to transform the material essence of a sculpture into a poetic projection cast onto a flat surface. This is both documentation and re-enactment whereby the making of sculpture becomes the ritual from which a player emerges to take a part in the theatre of the lens. Meaning is transformed together with form forging connections which perhaps give a glimpse of a greater whole.

Curriculum Vitae

Studies

MA Visual Arts: Fine Art Digital, Camberwell, University of the Arts London – Distinction
Diploma Fine Art, Institute for Art and Restoration, Florence, Italy
BSc (Hons) Biology, Manchester University  
Fellow of the Linnean Society

Solo exhibitions


2014 – Craft Study Centre, University of the Creative Arts
2014 – 20-21 Visual Arts Centre
2013 – Alexis Rago: Chaos Contained, National Centre for Craft and Design
2013 – Frequency Festival, Impermanent and Everlasting, Chad Varah chapel, Lincoln
2011 – Art From Within Biology, Linnean Society of London, Burlington House
2011 – Speaking With Tongues, St Peter’s Church, Kingerby, East Midlands

Group exhibitions

2020 – LondonGradsNow, Saatchi Gallery, London
2020 – MA Visual Arts Online Showcase, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London
2020 – Between Spaces, Raum Gallery
2019 – Entanglement, Camberwell College MA Fine Art Digital Pop up Show, London
2019 – Camberwell College of Arts MA Visual Arts Interim Show, London
2019 – Impromptu Again, 2 Girls’ Cafe, London
2018 – Virtual Particles, Camberwell College MA Fine Art Digital Pop Show, London
2013 – An Arrangement in White, XO Gallery, Leeds
2013 – Curiosity Acquired, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire
2013 – Zygote Festival, Sleaford
2012 – Forms Most Beautiful, Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth
2012 – Millpond Curated Bookshelf, Exhibition Hall, Saltaire
2012 – Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia, London
2011 – Trent Vale Landscape Project, Art in Churches, St Wilfrids Church, Nottinghamshire
2011 – Eurantica, Brussels Expo, Brussels
2011 – London International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Olympia, London
2011 – OPEM, The Collection, Lincoln
2011 – Parallax 1, Royal Opera Arcade, London
2011 – Totem Body, Crypt Gallery, London
2010 – Meleager’s Garland, Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory, Lincoln
2010 – Bend In The River, Gainsborough
2010 – Museums Association Annual Conference, Manchester Central, Manchester

Bibliography

2014 – Linda Sandino. Exhibition Review, Ceramic Review, Issue 268 July/August, p24.
2014 – Mike Shields. Form and Content, Lincolnshire Today, Feb Issue. pp 22-23 2014 – Ceramicsnow. 5 January 2014. http://www.ceramicsnow.org/post/72345269694
2014 – Simon Olding. The Dance of Clay, Resurgence and Ecologist, January/February Issue No 282, page 56-57
2014 – Ingenue Magazine. Jill Kay Ed. January issue. http://www.ingenuemagazine.co.uk/crafts-study-centre/
2013 – Simon Olding, Laura Mabbutt. Alexis Rago:Chaos Contained, ISBN 978-0-9568802
2013 – Chaos Contained, documentary film by Knowmedia. http://vimeo.com/73698857
2013 – Sandrine Ceurstemont. Deceptive Digital Art Plays with More Than Perception,New Scientist, 28 October 2013 http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24468-deceptive-digital-art-plays-with-more-than-perception.html
2013 – Emily Gosling. Frequency 13 – What Does ‘Digital’ Really Mean? Design Week. Mon 21 Oct 2013 http://www.designweek.co.uk/whats-on/frequency-13-what-does-digital-really-mean/3037389.article
2013 – Sara Zaltash. Frequency 2013 The Journal of Wild Culture, 23 October 2013, http://www.wildculture.com/article/frequency-2013/1297
2013 – Kinetic.net.  Frequency 13, Reviews, Multimodal Performance Research, Oct. 29, http://kinectic.net/category/reviews/
2013 – Mike Shields. Lincolnshire Come (Digitallly) Alive Lincolnshiretoday.net. 24 Oct
2013 – Nathan T. Dean. A Dream. Ep. 6 – Rome and Relativity. Oneiriad. Pub. Threshold Studtioshttp://oneiriad-frequency.tumblr.com/
2013 – Frequency 13: Join the Revolution. Pub Threshold Studios. ISBN 978-1-908111-08-1
2013 – Market Rasen Mail, 28 September 2013
2012 – Alexis Rago. Collections and the Sacred Space, Essay, Cabinet of Curiosities, Ed. Elizabeth Holdsworth. publ. Millpond
2012 – Alexis Rago. Totem Body: Negotiating The Duality of Biology and Culture in an Expression of the Animal Self, Revision Journal, USA
2012 – Metanexus: Visual Explorations, http://www.metanexus.net/visual-explorations
2011 – Tate guide, June/July Issue, 2011
2011 – Art from Within Biology, Podcast, publ. Linnean Society of London
2011 – Evolution: Tessdemountable Magazine, issue 2
2011 – Tate Guide, June-July. http://www.linnean.org/fileadmin/Podcasts/art.MP3 2011
2011 – Thoroton Society Newsletter, Winter issue
2011 – Totem Body, Exhibition Catalogue ISBN 978-0-9568802-0-8 2009 – Outsider Art Sourcebook, publ. Raw Vision Ltd, ISBN 978-0-9543393-2-6

Residencies

2014 – Benjamin Adlard School, Gainsborough
2010 – Idolatrous Me, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

Curated projects
2011 – Gone with the Wind, Raven Row, London

Artist talks

2015 – Usher Gallery, Lincoln
2014 – 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
2014 – Artist’s Talk. Craft Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts
2013 – Interview with Barry Hale, Frequency Digital Festival
2011 – An Artificial Natural History, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2011 – Art from within Biology, Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, London
2011 – Art in Churches, St Paul’s, Trent Vale Landscape Project, Morton, Lincs
2011 – Art in Churches, St Wilfrid’s, Trent Vale Landscape Project, Low Marnham, Notts