The Netherlands, 1970
Alexandra Klimas has had her doubts about the way our society works for years. Our consumption patterns, the overabundance, the overproduction, and the way we treat animals. Also about how farm animals are treated during their short lives and the methods we use to end it. She therefore only visits farmers who take responsible care of their animals and for whom animal welfare is paramount.
Alexandra paints where her heart goes. Realistic, almost life-like. Her models are given names and invite you to an intimate relationship as the spectator; that is precisely her goal. “I am not an activist” she tells us, “I am an artist and I create artworks. Art is meant touch people and give them something to think about. My goal is not to shock. I’m happy when people feel a connected with these “forgotten” animals. Sketching on the farm, I get to know their individual characters personally. I try to paint every animal as life-like as possible and to properly portray its character and emotion.”