Alexis Williams


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Infamous Fungus, 2015

Paintings and text (click on image to see and read)

Infamous fungus is an ongoing book project. These paintings are experimental illustrations made in Peru while on residency at the Sachaqa Art Center in the Amazon Jungle.



The Shaman's New Mask


MFA thesis paper on Sci-Artists as contemporary shamans.


Sacred Dissonance, 2014

Excerpt from Counter-Balance. Description of Sufi trance ritual.


Freedom From Identity, 2014

Personal experiences with self awareness, liminality and lucid dreaming.




Counter Balance, 2014

5 artists from around the world were lead by cultural explorer Jessica Stephens into a world of magic and ritual within the contemporary Sufi culture in Morocco. The goal was to inspire creativity with faith and to infuse art with spirituality. The outsiders flowed through the moussem. They had a week to experience the lilas and brotherhoods, to witness sacrificial offerings and the traditional cacophonies, fragrances and vibrations of trance therapy. The outcome is a series of questions and answers contained in these pages.




An Illustrated Book About Death
, 2013

In reference to Tom Robbins and Robert Thurman. The Illustrated Book About Death began as a comparison of the functions of science and art. It was a field guide to death and nothingness using the corpses of dead birds as muse; a catalogue of the dead birds I found in my garden and the reflections they inspired. It was intended to harmonize art and science to inspire contemplation of the ephemeral and perpetual cycle of life. It consisted of informative and mysterious text and hand drawn thanatological and ornithological diagrams followed by photographs of specimens at all stage of decay that illustrated the process of death and discussed the essence of life. The project has evolved into a chapter of a larger book. The original content has been reworked into a more poetic, spiritual representation. The photographic imagery has been transformed into ornate mandalas and the text has been restructured in the style of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.