Matilde Alessandra's "Resistance" is a 20 x 46 x 2 inch wall-based light work incorporating fluorescent tubes, photo filters and plexiglas in a metal frame. When this lightbox is lit, it glows with a warm pink ombré effect, brighter in the lower left and darker in the upper right. The fluorescent tubes create a strong diagonal lines from the lower left to the upper right corner. Alessandra is known for her minimalist light installations and sculpture, and her sophisticated use of color and form which create minimalist tableaux.
Alessandra states, "My work is a mix of tragedy and triumph (…), about light and energy as well as darkness and negation." While the artist is careful to leave her work open for the interpretation of each viewer, it is rich with metaphorical possibility. The illusions she creates are seductive, and we are drawn in, mesmerized by their rhythm and flow.
Born in Venice, Italy, Alessandra studied at the Academy of Fine Arts (Venice, Italy). While she began her career in London working as interior and display designer, her artistic career took off in New York in the late 1990s. She started working with light, pairing fluorescent tubes with painted canvasses and plexiglas boxes. Since then she has built a reputation both as artist and designer, developing a distinctive and communicative style recognizable in all of her work. Her artistic output spans luminous sculptures, site specific installations and ink drawings. Her work has been exhibited across Europe and the United States. Notable recent exhibitions include the 55th Venice Biennale, and Leila Heller Gallery in New York City. She lives and works in New York City.