“T’chiah: Spirit and Fire,” a retrospective exhibit by mixed media and fiber artist Leslie J. Klein, opens March 10 in the BEKI Art Gallery.
Klein has worked in pastels, oil pastels, graphite and mixed media, creating her images from a Jewish and feminist perspective. She is also well known for her work in fabric; she constructs garments and objects of hand-dyed, airbrushed, silk-screened, and embellished fabrics to address her perspective on Judaic themes. Objects, wire, beads, machine embroidery, photo-transfer and other complex cloth techniques conceptually allude to ideas, messages and symbols.
Klein 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. The BEKI exhibition includes images from that series as well as Klein’s touring exhibition, “All That Remains: A Holocaust Exhibition in Fiber,” a fiber arts exhibit on the theme of the Holocaust.
“All That Remains” consists of concept-based art, in the form of clothing, wall hangings, drawings, soft sculpture, and installation pieces. The work addresses the historical events of the Holocaust in layers of symbolic meaning and imagery, in the juxtaposition of fabric and design, and in the use of familiar related images embedded as decorative elements. After the exhibition at BEKI, “All That Remains” will next be presented in October 2020, at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond, VA.
In this retrospective of Klein’s work, a number of works in private collections are represented by photographic reproductions, thus providing context for the entirety of exhibition.