It's no secret we're big fans of Alex Face here at Mighty Jaxx! From our first release of Baby Rabbit to our latest Baby Beyond (Black) and everything in between, we are head over heels with Mardi. We've taken a look at some of our favourite Alex Face collections we have been tagged in, check them out here, and today we'll learn more about the man behind these beloved pieces!
Alex Face's works center around the character Mardi. You might already know that the inspiration for Mardi came from the artist's daughter. “The first time I saw her she looked angry or worried” he says. It made him wonder why she looked like that, causing him to reflect on the life she had ahead. “I thought are you not happy to be my daughter? Are you not happy to be in the world?”
Ultimately this world changing personal event had caused Alex to consider the future and in particular to take stock of the changes happening in his own country, the country in which she would grow up.
While Mardi's inspiration came from the birth of his daughter, Alex made sure to tell her that they are not the same entity, telling her "this is the painting, this is not you". Mardi can be anyone, and about anyone's story.