“The landscape as subject is traditionally viewed as picturesque. My work is about place – place created and defined by man in relationship to nature, sometimes in concert, sometimes in defiance, resulting in beauty and devastation. I value a sense of place, collective and individual memory, and identity in relation to the land. I’m interested in the domestic, private, and the ‘small’. Some images are amusing, ironic, and puzzling; some imply social and political consequences that are of immediate, if not critical, importance. The motivation for my work does not come from a desire to be an activist. I photograph to make sense of my world and to give form to that sense. It is a process and search for understanding.”
Alexandra Broches is a fine art photographer. She lives and maintains her studio in Wakefield, Rhode Island and has been a member of Hera Gallery since 1975. In addition to exhibiting at Hera, she has shown her work in New England and nationally. She has curated several exhibitions including, Memory, Identity and Place, Sites of Memory and Honor, and Hera Gallery: the First Thirty Years. In 1995 she represented Hera Gallery on a panel sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for Art at the NGO Forum on Women of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.
Broches has an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College, an MA in Art History from Hunter College and a BA from Bennington College. She was a resident fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2008 and 2005. She has taught at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, and the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.
Her work can be viewed on the following websites: www.heragallery.org, www.alexandrabroches.com.