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Alexandra Vernon Papers, 1991-2000

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 383

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists largely of correspondence in the form of note cards, postcards, photographs and gallery notices, displaying the art of Alexandra Vernon, an award-winning artist, who lived in New England from 1981 until about 2000. She exhibited her work frequently in the Boston area from 1995 to 2000, and her work is also found in private collections.

In 1999 Alexandra (Alex) Vernon described her evolution as an artist for the Chameleon Gallery in Newburyport, Massachusetts:

Self taught, my major influences were the painting I studied in books, museums, and the many galleries in New York which I haunted as a teenager. My main sources of inspiration have been 14th and 15th century Italian, Bauhaus, and the expressionist artists.

I did my first collage at the age of twelve and it has been my primary medium throughout the years, evolving to include the addition of watercolors in the works. My tools consist of very basic materials: a double thick board, sharp scissors, Elmer's glue and a good sable brush. I am constantly trying to refine my technique, and explore new composition. My intent is to depict the subject matter, not only seen with the physical eye, but also how it might be seen in a spiritual sense, or perhaps in another realm of existence.

The eleven folders in the collection span the years 1991 to 2000. The correspondence is addressed to a close friend, Britta Karlberg of South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Included are about 40 note cards hand drawn by Alex Vernon and about 75 postcards and photographs showing reproductions of her work. There are also gallery announcements and price lists from her exhibitions in Boston and Cambridge, and in many towns north of Boston including Newburyport, Beverly Farms, South Hamilton, Lowell, and Burlington. Also present are news articles about her and a resume she wrote in 1998.

Dates

  • 1991-2000

Creator

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical Sketch

Alexandra Vernon was born on September 6, 1944, in Reading, Pennsylvania. She spent her early years in South America, Jamaica, and New York City. She lived in Los Angeles, California, for 17 years and then relocated to New England in 1981, where she lived in southern New Hampshire and Essex County, Massachusetts. She is an artist known primarily for her collages. More recently she has been living in Long Beach, California, but she remains a member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston.

Extent

1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection consists largely of correspondence in the form of note cards, postcards, photographs and gallery notices, displaying the art of Alexandra Vernon, an award-winning artist, who lived in New England from 1981 until about 2000.

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks

Provenance

This material was donated by Britta Karlberg on May 4, 2008 (acc #2008.013).

Bibliography

Vernon, Alejandra. Alejandra Vernon. Now using the name Alejandra Vernon, the artist provided information about her life and art on her web site, which is no longer available.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, July 2008.

Title
ALEXANDRA VERNON (b. 1944) PAPERS, 1991-2000
Author
Processed by: Lee Jacoby; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rajkumar Natarajan.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Contact:
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