Louisa Kleinert, Artist
My growing portfolio is reflective of a life growing up on a working farm andobserving the cycles of life, growth, use and death. My early artcentered on those observations of the animals we tended and raised. Over the past several years I haveworked mainly with single figures mimicking a human expressions. Though no longer living on a farm, I still look toanimals to understand my world and to have begun question in my work "whatdoes it men to be human?"
Gandhi is attributed to saying “The greatness of a nation and itsmoral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” There is a widediscrepancy in the modern world as to how animals are treated, viewed, and evenpersonified. The confusing disparity between which animal’s humans choose aspampered pets versus which animals are sent to the slaughterhouse as nothingother than a slab of meat, ignites my artistic curiosity. In my mind, animalsuse a language without words, similar to that of artists.
I see very 'human' emotions expressed through the way an animal stands, or can infer atone of voice through the curl of a lip. Looking for and finding thesesignals has led me to express in my work that animals and humans are moresimilar that we are different. Who are we to say that a hippo can’t feel sexy, a pig glamorous, or that acow can’t have road rage? Sentiments likethis are what I am beginning to ask my art to express.