Alexandra Kadelbach found her way to art through fashion. In her mid-20s, she met Wolfgang Joop by chance, became his personal assistant and thus part of the WUNDERKIND label. A formative time, in which her affinity for bright colors formed an unconventional style.
Then everything came differently: Alexandra had to suffer a heavy blow of fate, which also caused her creative artist heart to turn gray. There was little that helped. Until she began to paint - to express what there were no words for. The paintings grew louder and louder, sparking something in Alexandra that she thought had gone out. It brought color back into her life. "I coloured myself happy again," Alexandra says today.
In the meantime, most of her works are created in her studio in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which is lined with meadows. The vegetation that plays out in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows and whose growth and decay Alexandra observes attentively throughout the year is essential to her creative work. Like nature, each of her works is the result of a process, without a fixed idea or the claim to conceptual fidelity. One looks for sketches here in vain. Paper cuts, on the other hand, in any form, are successful: most of her works are papercuts made of acrylic paint, whose layer upon layer of glued snippets are modeled by Alexandra into faces, figures, and sentence fragments. Some of them she adds textured paste afterwards, others with pastel colors. Her signature piece: "Affengeist," a papercut that deals with beliefs.
All motifs always have a humorous component, but at their core they deal with existential issues: womanhood, self-worth, the search for meaning. This multidimensionality - both in the nature of the material and in its symbolism - is also expressed in Alexandra's clay works. Sometimes patterns and faces are created on the go. Alexandra then takes up digital brushes and ultimately translates what has been created into prints, whose image is brought to life on paper and fabric.