These images are copies made of discarded objects at a flea market- the most unwanted of the unwanted- yet found together they form a story of a teenage American girl, who loved Heavy Metal, applied to work at Burger King, celebrated Christmas with her family. Sleuthing through the trash allowed her humanity to re-emerge. These images are juxtaposed with other discarded/found photos, and beeswax-infused fabric; also discarded residue left behind.
Lexa Walsh is an MFA graduate of the Portland State University Art and Social Practice program and was Social Practice Artist in Residence at the Portland Art Museum Education department. Walsh was a recipient of the Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, the Gunk Grant, the de Young Artist Fellowship, and Kala’s Print Public Residency Award.
Walsh has participated in projects, exhibitions and performances at the de Young, di Rosa, Exploratorium, Kala, Oakland Museum of California, NIAD, SFMOMA, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has shown nationally at Apexart, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Portland Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Walker Art Center, Williams College Museum of Art, and has done several international artist residencies, tours and projects in Europe and Taiwan.
Walsh founded the experimental music and performance venue the Heinz Afterworld Lounge, and worked for many years as a curator and administrator at CESTA, an international art center in Czech Republic, whose team created radical curatorial projects to foster cross-cultural understanding. She also conceived and co-founded of the all-woman, all-toy instrument ensemble Toychestra. She founded and organizes Oakland Stock, the Oakland branch of the Sunday Soup network micro-granting dinner series that supports artist projects.