Alexandra Mackenzie is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and makes musical compositions under the moniker Petra Glynt. She studied piano and operatic voice in Ottawa, Ontario, acquiring the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Grade 9 before moving to Toronto in 2005 where she later graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in printmaking. She has shown in numerous group shows around Toronto, and outside of country including San Fransisco and New York City and has had three solo exhibitions featuring large-scale drawings, screenprinted wallpaper, animation, paintings, etc. All of which strive to create an immersive, overwhelming experience for the viewer.
Since her studies in classical music she has played in a handful of bands as a drummer and/or singer and after the summer of 2012, inspired by the Occupy Movement, she decided to start her own solo project, Petra Glynt. Her first release was in March 2013 with the E.P Of This Land on Healing Power Records. This music gathers together aspects of her background as an operatically trained vocalist, drummer, and producer/recording artist, featuring a variety percussion, voice and vocal looping, and sample-based sound collage. In likeness with her visual art practice, she finds freedom in the infinite world of composition as synesthetic representations of colour, form, and rhythm, with lyrics that speak to a society conflicted with the cost of its dependence on a consumer and capital-driven economic system. Her overall practice
aims to combine sound and visuals cohesively with a message of empowerment for her audience. Her first full-length album is set be released in the fall of 2016 which will be accompanied by new body of visual work shown in both Toronto and Montreal. Some of which will be available for viewing beginning June 24th, 2016 in Cambridge, Ontario at Idea Exchange for When the institute fell over, a duo exhibition with Patrick Cruz.