Ajax W. Axe has spent most of the last ten years in Colombia, Egypt, Kenya and other parts of Africa. She began creating sculptural work when she was 16, studied sculpture at Skidmore College, and later took conceptual and installation classes at Harvard University. Her work has been displayed at the Tang Museum, the Boulder Museum of Modern Art and the Public Art Installation Initiative at Harvard. She's had gallery shows in New York, Bogota and Saratoga Springs.
Knowledge, the future and material culture are the main themes in my work. Coming from a background in anthropology and photography, the concept of creating culture and cultural artifacts is an idea that I continuously grapple with. Representation of a culture through its objects is a concept well-suited for the sculptor and one that I continue to explore as I imagine different possible futures and the artifacts that would accompany it. Idols, shrines and temples are some of the oldest and most enduring examples of art and culture, and the numenic power of an object worshiped as the embodiment of some unseen truth transcends all eras and civilizations. For that reason, I've chosen to focus primarily on the creation of deity representations rather than more banal manifestations of the future of culture. By creating the idols that these future societies would worship, I can expose the possible preoccupations of generations to come: excess and ignorance or wonder and a quest for wisdom.