Habit Forming

The Gibbes presents Habit Forming, Paintings by past Visiting Artist Alex Waggoner from June 18 - August 15, 2021, in the Ruth and Bill Baker Art Sales Gallery.

Join the artist on Saturday, August 14 at 3 pm for a tour of the exhibit.

Artist Statement

Habit Forming is a series of paintings that began to take shape as the jasmine bloomed, the scent making me immediately homesick for Charleston.  I became more and more obsessed with the foliage around me.  The wild habits formed by the jasmine vine or the man-made ones created by a landscaping crew’s hedge trimmer.  I notice these natural and highly manicured habits in nature are similar to the habits I try to break and create in my life and studio practice.  My daily studio practice is a combination of the natural ebb and flow of the process, something that is hard to force but easy to flow in, and my natural desire for control and structure, the hedge trimmers.  These paintings are a visual exploration of musings about scents and sights that transport, and the spectrum of control seen in nature and mirrored in our habit forming. 

Artist Biography

Alex Waggoner was born in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1989.  She attended Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah where the seeds were planted for a special love for the coastal Southeast.  The artist graduated with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking in 2012.  Waggoner lived in Charleston, South Carolina for eight years where she fell even more in love with the Lowcountry.  A few notable achievements have been a residency in 2014 at Artpace in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a residency at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston in 2018.  Waggoner was included in New American Paintings No. 118 in 2015 and was awarded Best in Show at the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition.  In 2019, the artist moved to Atlanta, Georgia with her boyfriend, Chris, and their two gray, spotted dogs Bishop and Midas.  Alex Waggoner is currently a studio artist at MINT. 

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