|accrochage «Féminité 0.1» september - december 2011
Alexandra Leyre Mein was born in 1979 in Belgium. She lives and works in Brussels.
Mein graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. She draws her inspiration from neoclassical and romantic sculptures, and African tribal art as well as fantastic and surreal literatures. In her work - through sculptures, paintings and drawings - she explores the limits of the rational and irrational, creating a world populated by anthropomorphic, hybrid creatures with a dimension of ambiguity and decorated with the disturbing beauty and the delicate monstrosity that resembles us.
Christophe Van Eecke describes her work as follows: «She shows us life moving from the inside out. Hand-crafted in plaster, her bodies seem to melt and wither. But instead of simply dying, they regenerate into complex organisms. They will themselves come back to life and rise up in a new splendour. Her work shows bodies in transformation, moving back and forth between human and animal shapes, struggling to bring themselves into being. They capture a process: everything that dies brings forth new life and is transformed into something new. In a world obsessed with consumerism, Alexandra’s work invites us to slow down and look again at a beauty that is everywhere apparent. It is the beauty of nature’s resilience in the face of death and destruction».