All That Remains: A Holocaust Exhibit in Fiber

“All That Remains: A Holocaust Exhibit in Fiber”

Artist:  Leslie J. Klein

April 7 – June 1, 2022

 

“All That Remains: A Holocaust Exhibit in Fiber” is a mixed media fiber arts exhibit on the theme of the Holocaust. This series has been an ongoing endeavor, a body of work created over the past 20 years. It consists of conceptual art clothing, wall hangings, drawings, soft sculpture, and installation pieces. The work addresses the historical events of the Holocaust in layers of meaning and imagery, and the juxtaposition of fabric and design, and in the use of familiar symbolic images as innocuous decorative elements until one looks closer.

 

The exhibition has had previous showings in Omaha, Nebraska, at several venues in South Florida, in Danville, Virginia, in Nashville, Tennessee and New Haven, Connecticut. Attendees of these previous shows experienced an entirely unique perspective on interpreting the events of the Holocaust that are both powerful and evocative in its impact. 

 

The exhibition, because of its subtle imagery is appropriate to audiences of all ages. Several pieces in the exhibition were specifically designed to allow younger viewers to learn about such events as the Kindertransports and life in the Warsaw Ghetto that are both sensitive and compelling.

 

Klein’s latest creation which will have its debut at the Virginia Holocaust Museum is entitled “Barbed Wire and Pearls: An Ode to the Deportation of French Jews.” The piece depicts a jacket inspired by the late fashion designer Coco Chanel. Chanel, bearing the Abwehr Agent designation F-7124, Code Name Westminster, played a little-known but important role by collaborating with the Nazi occupiers of France. Interwoven in this deconstructed design are allusions to the Green Ticket Roundup and the Vel d’Hiv Roundup, the first mass arrests and deportation of thousands of French Jews and other Non-French Jews living in France during World War II. 

 

Leslie J. Klein is a mixed media and fiber artist, constructing garments and objects of hand-dyed, airbrushed, silk-screened, and embellished fabrics to address her perspective on the Holocaust and Judaic themes.

 

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