About The Artist



Alex R. Hinders is originally from Marshalltown, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a bachelors degree in English and a minor in Theatre. Currently, she still resides in Iowa City but is thinking that maybe someday she should move outside Iowa. Alex has an undying love for the visual arts – she’s been a cartoonist since preschool and stumbled into abstract art in college. Should you feel the need to contact Alex directly, she can be reached at the following email address: themagicalhamster@gmail.com


All of my abstract artwork starts out as random lines. I concentrate about things in my life as I’m doing this, and then look into the mess of lines for an image. I outline the image and then erase all of the un-needed lines – though sometimes the excess lines are still visible as indents on the paper. While I’m not a psychologist, I’d like to think this is an exploration of my sub-conscious thoughts and feelings.

I tell myself when working on my art that nothing I can do is wrong, and that there are no rules or laws to follow. So things like proportion, perspective, and anatomy don’t mean anything to my drawings – unless I decide that they do.  This removes the fear that I will somehow make a mistake and makes me more likely to experiment.

My art is essentially an encrypted autobiography; each drawing is a snapshot of a specific thought or feeling on a specific day. I seem to have a tendency to express thoughts and feelings I’d rather not express in a verbal manner. Despite their origin, my drawings take on their own life and tell their own stories separate from the events that inspired them.



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