I make wild inspired, threaded paintings and living sculpture, as well as often edible community building public works exploring sustainability, food security and climate change. I grew up on a river bank in Northwest Indiana, drawing, painting, chasing fireflies, collecting healing plants, and watching snapping turtles lay their eggs every spring, until they didn’t anymore. Industrial waste from a nearby factory damaged our habitat. This sort of fragile and complicated interrelationship with the wild world is a lifelong fascination. My pieces are at once deep meditations on the present moment and my imaginings of the next.
Leah’s work has been shown in museums, galleries and alternative spaces nationally and internationally, including CMCA, The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, The Portland Museum of Art, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Eyebeam, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Indiana University, Umami Food Festival, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston University, and others. She has been an artist in residence at Eyebeam, The MacDowell Colony (as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow), and The Burren College of Art, and has received grants and awards from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, Efroymson Contemporary Arts Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and others. Leah holds an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston/Tufts University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.