Lexa will intricately map the Kala neighborhood, particularly on/near San Pablo between Ashby and Dwight, collecting sounds, images and recipes of the vicinity. This deep study and engagement will result in a series of sound works, a series of prints and printed banners, and a Community Cookbook. Through this project I hope to not only detect and share a nuanced neighborhood identity, but also incite a sense of curiosity for neighbors to engage with each other.
Lexa Walsh is an artist and cultural worker based Oakland, CA who works to craft Hospitable Democracies.
She is a graduate of Portland State University’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was Social Practice Artist in Residence in Portland Art Museum’s Education department. She was a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, the Gunk Grant and was a de Young Artist Fellow. Walsh has participated in projects, exhibitions and performances locally and nationally at Apexart, Oakland Museum of California, Portland Art Museum, SFMOMA, Smack Mellon, Walker Art Center, Williams College Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and has done several international artist residencies, tours and projects in Europe and Asia.
Her upbringing as the youngest child of fifteen informs her work, as does coming of age in the Bay Area post punk cultural scene of the 1990’s and practicing collectivity. She founded the experimental music and performance venue the Heinz Afterworld Lounge, worked for many years as a curator and administrator at CESTA, an international art center in Czech republic, whose team created radical curatorial projects to foster cross-cultural understanding. Walsh co-founded and conceived of the all women, all toy instrument ensemble Toychestra. She founded and organizes Oakland Stock, the Oakland branch of the Sunday Soup network micro-granting dinner series that supports artists’ projects.