Every artist has their preferred media, be it pencil, pastel or paint. In the case of our MarkMaker Aleksandra Zee, it’s a type of wood – redwood lath – most likely to be found propping up plaster walls or your garden fence. In her hands, it’s transformed into beautiful geometric wall hangings.
Born in Southern California, Aleksandra moved to San Francisco at 21 and has been refining her craft in the city ever since. “It’s as if the Bay was calling my name,” she says, inspired as much by the nearby ocean as the surrounding art scene. The artist and woodworker enjoys a generous helping of both, moving between her apartment in the hip Mission District and a studio space across the water in Oakland.
As well as the large-scale wall pieces that have become her signature, Aleksandra creates headboards and tabletops, plus gallery installations that draw upon her degree in Fine Arts. Whatever the outcome, it’s the love of working with wood that is her driving force.
We caught up with the artist to talk lumber yards, lath and why you should “never stop making.”