Lexi was a natural born creative, but it was only until she was in her early 20’s that painting became a serious passion. With only enough money for paint, she resourcefully used her rental apartments wall prints as canvases. Using the same prints many times over. She made use of kitchen sponges, rulers, pencils, takeaway forks, plastic bags… anything she could get her hands on. Abstract art was Lexi’s gateway into another reality; escaping the linear hustle and bustle of the corporate world she was playing 9 hours a day in.
Lexi painted abstract for years until she found the courage to be even more ‘imperfect’ in her colourful attempts at realism.
In 2016 Lexi committed further to her art, falling in love with the way it made her feel, and the profound sense of accomplishment she felt from simply showing up day after day. Lexi travelled to Paris to learn from one of her most admired artist’s Mike Snow, which gave rise to her “Paris” collection, after 2 months of travel through India, Nepal & America.
Her current collection “Uncensored” was inspired by a recent exhibition “Nude” at The Art Gallery of NSW. Two main insights at the exhibition evoked enthusiasm to begin her journey into nudity, self love and breaking down the typical social taboos of censorship.
- Her main anticipation for the “Nude” exhibition was to see how the modern day artists had stretched the boundaries around nudity and the human body, but left feeling let down with the politically and socially correctness of most of the pieces.
- The last piece before exiting the exhibition; “Wild Man” by Ron Mueck (a giant sculpture of a naked man with a high degree of realism). Lexi found herself desperately wanting to stair at the mans gentiles but was so afraid of being judged, misunderstood or caught.
“Uncensored” completely removes the taboo and gives the viewer no option but to look at the gentiles.
The naked body is both a political, social and personal conundrum worldwide. “Uncensored” gives both the viewer, and Lexi, a chance to unlearn and deconstruct the indoctrinated views of nudity and censorship. Stripping back the rules and the conditioning imprinted upon our malleable brains from society to bear our own naked truths. The naked unconditioned self.