Alexa Dietz

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"Middle Ground" reflections

Years ago I was thinking about how I was the thread to keeping my parents together. I was attempting to draw them closer (but also just have closure for myself within these assumptions) by collecting soil samples from each of their houses and developing "Middle Ground" - a safe space.

It is difficult to recall exactly, but I think I had started this piece at a time when I wasn't really ready to face the truth: people are inherently selfish. Even when I circled back to the piece and really dedicated myself to it, it's meaning had changed. And then changed again and again... Actually, maybe it was my reasons why. I wanted to dig into and unearth so many feelings at once that I was trying to do it all within one piece. All along the root of its truth was still there. The root is what held it all together, not me.

Another part to this was a video. In this, I had both parents carry "Middle Ground," empty, from "their" house and meet in the middle - where I was standing, infinitely spinning the wheel of a moment in time that would always be their reminder of each other - me. Creating me. I had blamed myself for years for not being able to get them back to being together, and yet was at no fault what-so-ever. I was also selfish.
(All these videos were shot at different times. They didn't meet in the middle in real life - they met within a video to help me work through my thoughts. They did create this, after all.)

At my BFA show in 2014, all parts of "Middle Ground" were on display. And both my parents were there, viewing everything that had come together. That was their first time being in eachother's presence in ten years or more, as far as I'm aware. It was magical and beautiful. Resolve. I felt resolve. And I stopped holding my breath.

I thought... all this time of my whole life that I was defining love. Well I was, but now I know what this means for me, to me, and for others. I am no longer trapped between a middle ground of birth and death and the thought of doing so alone. I am living now. And it's my best life.


Silent art auction on the theme of HOME (or lack thereof), Wax Kings DJs, raffle, performance & sculpture.


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Wax Kings on the ones and twos:

Prophet Ecks, Dj45, and Aaron Batzdorfer

5:00PM - 11:00PM on August 19, 2017


Rites of Passage: 10th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition

An Exhibit of Works by Current or Recent Undergraduates
at Manifest Gallery.

Initiated in 2005, The Rites of Passage exhibits were developed to support student excellence by offering a public venue for the display of advanced creative research; to promote young artists as they transition into their professional careers; and to bring the positive creative energies of regional and national institutions together in one place.

For this exhibit 130 artists representing 76 academic institutions submitted 303 works for consideration. Twelve works by 10 artists representing ten different academic institutions are featured in the 10th annual Rites of Passage exhibit.

May 30 - June 27, 2014, 2014

Opening Reception:
May 30, 2014: 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Manifest Gallery
2727 Woodburn Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45206


Featuring the work of graduating BFA candidates, this all media show is organized, curated and installed entirely by students in the Capstone class and serves to highlight their respective bodies of work.

Follow the link below for more information, presented by the Eastern Echo:
'Debris' to showcase art from BFA students

(EMU art department news link, here & flyer credit to Azi Korourian.)

March 24 - April 4, 2014, 2014

Opening Reception:
March 26, 2014: 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University

EMU Annual Juried Student Show 2014

Coordinated annually by the Intermedia Gallery Group and juried this year by Alison Wong of Butter Projects, the Annual Student Art Exhibition highlights the work of undergraduate students in the 10 areas of concentration within the Art Department.

UPDATE: "Monopoly" was awarded First Place.

January 20 - February 6, 2014, 2014

Opening Reception:
January 22, 2014: 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University