Spirit and Fire A Retrospective Exhibit
Leslie J. Klein is a mixed media and fiber artist from South Florida. She has worked in pastels, oil pastels, graphite and mixed media, creating her images from a Jewish and feminist perspective. She has had many one-person shows both in the U.S. and in Israel, including “The Eden Trilogy”, an installation in oil pastel first exhibited at the Artist’s House in Jerusalem. Klein is also well known for her work in fabric” painting, dying and constructing clothing and Judaic pieces. She constructs garments and objects of hand-dyed, airbrushed, silk-screened, and embellished fabrics to address her perspective on Judaic themes. Objects, wire, machine embroidery, photo-transfer and other complex cloth techniques conceptually allude to ideas, messages and symbols.
Klein’s touring exhibition, “All That Remains: A Holocaust Exhibition in Fiber”, is a fiber arts exhibit on the theme of the Holocaust. This series has been an ongoing endeavor, a very personal body of work created since 2000. It consists of conceptual art clothing, wall hangings, drawings, soft sculpture, and installation pieces. The work addresses the historical events of the Holocaust in layers of meaning and imagery, in the juxtaposition of fabric and design, and in the use of familiar symbolic images embedded as decorative elements. “All That Remains” will next be presented at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond, VA, in October 2020.
The works in this show include images from each of these series. In this retrospective of her work, a number of works in private collections are represented by photographic reproductions, thus providing context for the entirety of exhibition.