Elizabeth Kleinveld: For the Love of Flowers
December 10, 2011 – January 14, 2012
Opening: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 6-8 pm
Octavia Art Gallery
4532 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Hours: Tue – Sat, 10am-6pm
Elizabeth Kleinveld is a self-taught artist and photographer from New Orleans, who spent a year documenting the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2007 Kleinveld shifted her focus to flowers, finding inspiration from the vibrant colors of exotic flowers and their reflection in water, which gives her work an abstract and painterly quality. Her work (photography and mixed media) has been exhibited in the United States Senate, New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), the Colorado Fine Arts Center, Galerie de Prinsenkelder in Amsterdam and the Expansionist Art Empire in Leiden.
Elizabeth also helped to develop the book Before During After which explores the changes in subject matter, media, and technique of artists work created before Katrina to after. The book emphasizes not only the effect of Hurricane Katrina but also the way individuals are influenced by their environments, particularly in times of dramatic upheaval. Adding depth to the pictorial representation, photographers have written intimate accounts of how Katrina changed their lives, work and vision of the future.
This exhibition‚”For the Love of Flowers”, reflects Kleinveld’s passion for flowers and shows the transformation of devastation into beauty and hope.