Kem Alexander, 1955, is a sculptor who lives and works in Chattanooga, TN. Kem graduated from the Memphis Academy of Arts/Memphis, TN in 1979 with a B.F.A. in painting. She began her journey and fascination with concrete in 2000 while pouring pier caps during the renovation of her house.
Kem and her work are featured in the AVANT Contract modular carpet design 2014 style book. www.avantcontract.com
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Examples of her art and creative technique were published in Creating with Concrete
and Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden
both by Sherry Warner Hunter. Tennessee Public Television featured a segment of Kem's work on Tennessee Crossroads
. One of Kem's concrete western boot-stitched barbed wire handled purses was included in the 2008 Art Quest Exhibit
at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts
, Nashville, TN.
Kem's sculpture "Saving the Best-For-Last, Wing Nut Lady Boots" was honored with the Best of Show award for the 2012 TACA Biennial: The Best of Tennessee Craft
. The same piece was chosen by the Tennessee State Museum
in Nashville as one of this year's museum purchase awards for the permanent collection.
One of Kem's specialties is making commission sculptures from her client's personal baby shoes and boots. She embellishes each piece with information including important dates, names and numbers into the pieces. Her personalized eggs also reflect important dates like birthdays, weddings and other memorable information.
Kem's work is available directly through her studio
. and area61
, Chattanooga, TN. and at Area61, 61 E. Main St., Chattanooga, TN 37408, (423) 648-9367