Lenka is not one of those artists that sticks with a medium. She is, however, the type of artist that sticks with a message. Her message, which I like to call the harrowing aftermath, transcends all of her work no matter what it’s made out of. She was born in the Czech Republic, and moved to the United States in 1989. I’d like to theorize that the great Chernobyl meltdown of 1986 somehow informed her artistic mission, though I’m not sure if that’s actually true.
She’s communicating the idea that our actions, as humans, have inevitable and often dire consequences that we neglect to take into account. It’s a heady message, I know, but is nonetheless worth exploring. Art is an excellent medium to get this message across, because nothing can produce an emotional reaction in humans like visual imagery. These paintings are powerful. While she does also work with paper, metal, and other materials, I find her paintings to be the most powerful medium she works with.
I would highly recommend visiting her web site, which has images of most of her work, including installation and sculptural work.