Uncommon Beauty is thrilled to officially announce the exclusive United States representation of Franco-Swiss sculptor Alexia Weill. As the artist’s first U.S. gallery, Uncommon Beauty will feature her work during Art Basel Miami Beach at Aqua Art Miami in December 2019 and again at the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York, March 2020.
Weill is best known for transforming stone into simple, meditative textured sculptures, mostly in circular and other geometric shapes. Feeling strongly connected to nature, she explores many different kinds of stones and prefers to place and practice her art within natural environments such as the Swiss Glaciers and the Dubai desert.
Most recently, Weill is commissioned to create a monumental sculpture entitled La Vague (“The Wave”) currently on view in the middle of Lake Geneva during the Montreux Biennale 2019. Carved from African marble, it is a circular wave connected by a silhouette of a woman; it can also be seen as a coiled woman whose hair transforms into waves.
The sculpture is a homage to Camille Claudel (1864 - 1943), the legendary female sculptor who is nonetheless better known as August Rodin’s lover and model. One of Claudel’s sculptures, La Vague (The Wave) , features three identical small naked female figures on their knees as a massive wave looms overhead. In Weill’s interpretation of the piece, however, the female figure is given full agency, the one who influences if not generates, the movement of the wave. The placement of this piece in Lake Geneva allows the female figure to animate the water around her while melting into it all at once.
We are thrilled to welcome Alexia to the Uncommon Beauty family. A staunch feminist, Alexia and her work are a wonderful addition to our roster. We remain dedicated to our goal of maintaining a globally curated and socially responsible art space. Part of that social responsibility includes maintaining a diverse roster of primarily female artists, a community that is highly underrepresented in today’s art market. We are determined to contribute to improving this unfair imbalance.
Born in Paris, Alexia Weill studied Film Direction before pursuing her passion for sculpture and drawing at the world-renowned Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris. In 2005, she moved to Vevey, Switzerland, where she currently lives and works. Her artwork has been exhibited all over the world, including Switzerland, France, Great-Britain, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Dubai and the United States. She has also received several public commissions in Switzerland from Glacier 3000, Montreux Biennale, and the city of Villeneuve. Weill is also a staunch supporter of women’srights. Her feminism is demonstrated in her artwork and actions. For many years, she has been donating artwork to the Red Cross to be auctioned at the prestigious Annual Red Cross Ball in Geneva.