Lexa Walsh was born near Philadelphia as the youngest of 15 children. She has lived, worked, shown and toured in the San Francisco Bay Area, Europe, and Asia. She has been Artist-in- residence at Sølyst A.I.R. in Denmark, Kio-A-Thau Artist Village and Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, and REX Cultural Center in Belgrade, Serbia, and will soon work at MOTA in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Walsh received a grant from the Gunk Foundation in 2004 for The Immortalization Project. Her work is supplemented and informed by her travels, community work and experimental music projects. She is a contributing editor of the Oakland arts magazine Swee(t)art, teaches a Public Art workshop for youth at Palo Alto Art Center, and currently curates Oakland’s Cricket Engine Gallery, while continuing to play a role at the Czech art center CESTA where she lived and worked for 8 years. She is a founding member of the all women, all toy instrument Toychestra, and the Czech-based all women a cappella group Kačkala, both with whom she tours internationally.
My work stems from a deep interest in tracing the histories, perspectives, experiences and stories of ordinary people, places and things. I work as archaeologist, archivist, cartographer, collector, cultural ambassador, experience maker, explorer, historian, provocateur, voyeur, and aspiring community builder & Renaissance woman. Methods of pseudo-anthropology are essential to my work- manifesting in both studio and post studio practice.
Currently I do interactive public art projects and performances, which bring together community members as participants. Through these and other social interactions, observations and interpretations (sometimes misinterpretations), I make site specific work that attempts to reinvent ideas about our sense of place, and make new monuments and souvenirs by celebrating the individual and community, manifested in a variety of media. I have been realizing this work internationally, so that participants and viewers can make a comparative, anthropological exploration. Alluding to narratives and memories (personal, collective and unfamiliar), the work navigates a space between nostalgia and invention, revealing archetypal patterns of thought and emotion.