Alex Carr

Carr's work explores the mathematics of beauty and the natural world around us. She is interested in dimensions, proportions, curves and forms which have compelled and inspired man universally for millennia. The cyclical nature, mathematics, synchronicity, relationships and geometry found in harmonics, light, and cosmology is often a basis of exploration. Balance, proportions and the human touch is important to the aesthetics of her work.

Drawing inspiration from platonic solids, sacred geometry and arabesques she explores how the golden ratio, geometry and mathematical ratios play a role in the human perception of beauty in an attempt to understand its ubiquity and appeal.

The golden ratio can be seen from the arrangement of branches along the stems of plants, veins in leaves, parts of the shells of molluscs and cephalopods, skeletons of animals and the branching of their veins and nerves, to the proportions of chemical compounds and the geometry of crystals; the golden ratio can even be observed at the atomic level.

From the hexagonal cell construct of honeybees to the effortless fractal emergence of African villages the cosmic significance of geometric forms seems unequivocal; the golden ratio may be regarded as a universal law.

Carr's work investigates this through the repetition of forms leading to emerging patterns of a larger scale. This repetition of form and proportions of the 'golden ratio' can be found all around us if we care to look. This special 'blueprint' connects us all universally.

The thing which sets us apart from this magical phenomenon is our awareness of it; our human fallibility shows not only our inability to comprehend these 'divine' laws but also our humility as mere cogs in the wheel.

Carr aims to condense this concept into physical form transforming the abstract into the permanent and precious.

Alex completed a foundation at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and a ceramics degree at Camberwell College of Art, graduating in 2003. She has worked on an exhibition with Jean Paul Gaultier which was exhibited at the Foundation Cartier in Paris. After working at various galleries including the Tate Britain she worked as a model maker for Norman Foster and more recently, in the 3D side of the events industry. After gaining experience in various media Carr made the return to ceramics and regularly exhibits her sculptural work. She is currently designing a jewellery range and exploring other highly decorative objects. She collaborates with people from other disciplines such as tailors and architects and has been offered a place to undertake an MA at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts.