Weld Queen

Russia • Moscow • born in 1985 • artist

Biography and information

Weld Queen is a sculptor and performer.

The main materials Weld Queen works with are metal, welding techniques, and fireproof tarpaulin; thus, she creates her artist mythology through metal sculptures, royal costumes, performances, and public art.

A viewer’s personal experience is gained when they come into contact with the sculpture, and his presence gives the artwork a particular significance. The object is conceptually finished with the audience’s direct involvement.

Weld Queen wears royal dresses made of rough, fire-resistant canvas, which serves as the canvas for new works of visual art. And a welding helmet, which metaphorically imitates the crown, complements all her outfits.

She mythologizes her professional experience, elevating welding reality to the rank of luxurious art. Yet, according to Weld Queen’s point of view, labor is an action that helps people overcome egoism and leads to their spiritual formation.

Short biography:

Alexandra Weld Queen was born in Kislovodsk in 1985. Since 2007, she has begun to come up with ideas that the artist first expressed in paintings, but in the same year, she began to look for “her material,” and so she came to sculpt and work with the metal. Since 2008, she has lived and worked in Moscow. With the move to Moscow, she continued her passion for working with metal and sculpture, looking for her artistic method. In parallel, the girl worked as a development director in the commercial and industrial sectors. From 2009 to 2010, she studied at the Institute of Contemporary Art. From 2010 to 2012, she received professional education at the Moscow Polytechnic College, specializing in welding technology. In 2015, she creates her first large sculpture, “Meditating Cat Tikhvami,” and at the same time, she adopts the creative pseudonym Weld Queen. A full-fledged artist’s journey begins. From 2017 to 2018, she studied at the “Free Workshops” at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow MoMA). Since 2015, Weld Queen has realized more than 40 sculptural projects, including major public art works such as “Brothers” (2017) and “Rooster Candy” (2016) at Kudykina Mountain Park in Lipetsk region, “Mother” (2019) at Mira Park in Novosibirsk, “Aerodrome for Walking in the Clouds” at Burning Man (2019), and “Sun Drum” in Murmansk (2021). Her works are in private collections in Russia, France, and the USA.