By pairing figure drawings with mountainous, tactile backdrops that are exclusively
made of recycled clothing, Shelby aims to create works that highlight man’s exploitation of nature, particularly with regards to the pollution created by fast fashion. Her work aims to articulate the modern tension between beauty, consumption, and industrialization—and what that means for the future of the environment and global sustainability efforts.
Shelby Alexander graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 with a degree in studio art & design with a concentration in painting. She also studied fashion design at Pratt Institute in New York and was a studio resident for the South Bend Museum of Art. Most recently, she was awarded the Emerging Artist Residency Program with the Stutz Artists Association in Indianapolis. In addition to her fine art practice, Shelby also does custom portraits and freelance graphic design and illustration.