Rendered with extreme flatness, this painting makes an everyday household object in a familiar setting appear surreal – a signature of the artist.

① Artwork:

Grease Trap

This painting makes the everyday grease trap appear surreal with the extreme flatness of its composition. Noel regularly explores domestic items in her practice, elevating commonplace elements by placing them in settings that are difficult to recognize. The compact nature of her panels helps viewers explore the relationship between themselves and handheld objects.


12 inches
6 inches

③ Artist:

Alexandra Noel

Los Angeles-based Alexandra Noel paints fantastical image assemblages that blend the surreal and the familiar. Her compact panels explore the relationship between the body and handheld devices by cropping and resizing images. In her work, domestic objects and other commonplace elements are often placed in imaginary settings and tragic scenarios.


Alexandra Noel was born in 1989. 

Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at numerous venues, including: Bodega in New York City (2019); Freedman Fitzpatrick in Paris, France (2019); Atlantis in Marseille, France (2019); and Parker Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2018); among others.

Noel’s work has also been featured in group exhibitions at many institutions, including: Made in LA 2020: A Version at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2020–21); Office Baroque in Antwerp, Belgium (2021); Galerie Crèvecoeur in Paris, France (2020); Potts in Los Angeles, California (2019); Château Shatto in Los Angeles, California (2019); Galerie Sultana in Paris, France (2018); XYZ Collective in Tokyo, Japan (2018); Travesia Cuatro in Guadalajara, Mexico (2018); Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2017); Balice Hertling in Paris, France (2017); and Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, California (2016); among others.

Noel lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Alexandra Noel:
Grease Trap, 2019
Oil and enamel on panel
6.0 × 12.0 inches /