This week’s Panther Researcher of the week is Christian Alexander!
Christian is a Junior, Art major with a concentration in Advertisement Design from Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a freelance artist since 2017 and is currently researching and applying advanced color theory in his art. His work is created using his personal philosophy, “Why Not? and Bruce Lee’s philosophy, “Be Like Water.” Creating artwork is a spiritual exercise for Christian that allows his mind to challenge ideas and create imagined realities in the physical plane. Christian is also a Research Ambassador for the CURC.
Christian feels that his research is a launchpad to help him develop his artist style. He has learned so much throughout the process and is eager to see what he learns in the months/years to come. Christian believes that research is especially important to the HBCU community because in order to build a better future, we need to question what’s wrong with the present. Research propels humanity forward at an exponential pace. Without research there is no development, and stagnation kills the soul. The advice that Christian would give to those conducting research for the first time is to find something you’re passionate about and develop questions you have about said subject. Research starts with inquiry. As long as you’re questioning there’s always research to be done.
Christian says Clark Atlanta University has grown in many ways since his freshman year. There are more events now (art shows and DJs in the café, networking events, off-campus activities, etc.). CAU has definitely become more of a homely environment in his eyes, and has been his home for three years.
Christian’s plans for post-graduation are to ultimately become a university art professor. He is extremely passionate about his craft and jumps at any opportunity to teach others about it. Being an artist is undeniably his path in life. He has been creating since childhood and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
The legacy that Christian wants to leave in the AUC is to plan on working with the different art departments to fund a creative studio space. There is currently no open studio in the AUC where students can work on creative projects outside of the classroom, and Christian unfortunately has personally been subjected to working in his dorm room.
Christian’s motivation to do research was that as an artist, he is always doing research. He studies life throughout his day (tracing forms with his eyes, observing how colors interact with one another in different environments, as well as how light plays with different objects). Research is incorporated into Christian’s life every day due to the simple fact that he loves to learn and observe, as he is intrinsically motivated.
Keep up the fantastic work, beautifying the world. We can’t wait to see where your gift takes you!