Raised in the Patagonia of Argentina, Alexa Horochowski immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of nine. Horochowski received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. In 1996 she completed an MFA degree at the University of Michigan. Her work has been exhibited at Praxis, New York/Miami; Braga Menéndez Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires; The Drawing Center, NYC; and Monique Meloche, Chicago. In Minnesota, she has worked on multiple solo exhibitions and projects including, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Soap Factory, and Franconia Sculpture Park. Horochowski has also participated in the following artist residencies, El Basilisco, Argentina; CasaPoli, Chile, The Bemis Art Center, United States, and Can Serrat, Spain. She is Professor of Sculpture at St Cloud State University.
As a sculptor/installation artist my work addresses the interrelatedness of natural forces (e.g., weather, erosion, plant life), globalization, culture, and matter. The interplay of natural, industrial, and cultural phenomena finds a distilled, physical expression in my hybrid objects. Though I recognize the vast disjuncture in scale and impact between my art and the dynamic forces it references, I aspire to an aesthetic of argument and provocation; an art that produces objects of potent agency and reflection, through which viewers are encouraged to question the sustainability of a consumer society that exacerbates inequalities and undermines our environmental resource base.
In my pursuit of the physicality of form I use a wide range of elemental media to render sculptures that defy their native qualities. Hard becomes soft, soft becomes hard, gestures are frozen. Natural objects, flotsam, and ‘naturalized’ garbage, combined with studio-generated objects, suggest a post-human natural history of the future. Sculpture, video, and large-scale digital prints work together to depict the struggle between the human drive to create lasting symbols of culture, and Nature’s indifferent, persistent erasure of these symbols.