Lexi Jude is an an artist using photography (digital, film, alternative processes), collage, video art, and writing as tools to examine the feminine psyche, uncovering and claiming the in-between of the conscious and unconscious created in mind in response to trauma and crisis. How with that conscious awareness of sexual and bodily desires, she tries to capture moments of ownership and deliver pure transparency.
Lexi Jude fights for authenticity, vulnerability, and individuality through her creative expression. She is not afraid to explore and depict taboo, and otherwise unspoken realities in her work such as sexuality, gender, nudity, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and depression through conscious and subconscious reflection. She allows her interest outside of the digital art world, psychology and pathology – mental illness, dreams, disease, psychoanalysis, corpses, sexuality, and gender theory - and how that interest and research subconsciously influences her work due to her past experiences and trauma. She creates narratives of surrealist ideas and radical dystopia through digital, film, or alternative processes in photography, video art, and collage using the aforementioned to achieve raw depictions of personal encounters with mental health.
Jude’s influences include that of the Dada and Surrealist movements of both cinema and the photographic arts, chiefly Claude Cahun, Francesca Woodman, Man Ray, and the experimental short film Meshes of the Afternoon. Additional inspirations consist of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Dora Maar, Joel Peter Witkin, Hannah Hoch, Steven Arnold, Vivian Maier, and Dune Michal’s. They had a voice and version to project issues, themes, and narratives caught in the in-between of conscious and subconscious and have their work have the ability to leave traces of sheer insanity, bleed chaos and emotion, and senses of truth. They influenced her practice not only conceptually and stylistically but also technically. They exposed her to alternative, bold, and uncharted formats, techniques, and themes that gave her an itch for hand-based and more professional practices like bookmaking, collage, developing silver gelatin prints. She is drawn to psychological fiction and poetry that explores mental health topics; Her favorite writers are Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath poetry collections, Shirley Jackson’s Haunting of Hill House, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper.
Through her honest self-reflection of her journey with mental health, Jude aims to evoke strong emotions and develop deep connections with her audience.