Remedies is a series of paintings representing
my continuing exploration of the wetland areas still left, those
folk medicines that have come forth from these lands, and the
passed down stories about the healing power of plants. The first
medicines of early humans were made by healers working with plants,
not by chemists in darkened labs. Nearly half of our medicines
today are still made from plants, many of which are disappearing
faster then they can be found.
I want my paintings to serve as psychological reminders of the
delicate balance between water, land, animals, and all living
beings. These fragile relations are dangerously on the edge of
being destroyed at ever increasing rates because of human greed
for wetland areas and old growth forests. The healing entities
that serve as subjects for the works have been utilized for millennia
as both powers of physical and spiritual reparation. Though our
relation with them has changed with the synthesis and capsulation
of Western prescription medicine that so distances us from the
indigenous life-ways of our ancestors, their power still infuses
our everyday world. As we are now fraught with ever increasing
turmoil of economic and environmental crises that define the
21st century, the urge to reconnect with the earth's anatomy,
to rediscover the raw energy of her systems and rejuvenate them
in whatever means available to us as artists and activists, continues
to propel my work and inform my life.
Alexa Kleinbard grew up exploring forest trails and following
her gentle father as he tended to self designed and beautifully
colored native gardens in Pennsylvania. This early imprinting
of intense ecological observation led her to develop a deep curiosity
about the natural world. In 1978, Alexa participated in her first
group museum show at the New Museum in New York City.
She continued to exhibit nationally and internationally receiving
two NEA grants and many awards. Alexa's 2012 solo exhibit at
the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in NOLA received strong reviews.
She continues to make art inspired by nature and the part mankind
has played in its current condition.