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Simone Leigh

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Blue Torso, 2012
Porcelain, cobalt, epoxy, terracotta, graphite
27” x 13” x 14 ½”
Courtesy of Peggy Cooper Cafritz

Simone Leigh uses objects, both found and created, to address issues of race and gender. She often combines ceramic elements, beautifully handcrafted, with utilitarian items, such as toilet plungers or buckets, to create pieces that call into question the cultural and historic meaning of particular objects or images. Her practice is informed by an interest in African art, ethnographic research and feminism. Blue Torso, is a female torso covered in roses, each made individually by hand. The curvaceous silhouette can be interpreted as a woman’s figure or as the bustle of a Victorian dress. This vagueness leaves the piece open to various associations with the feminine. The roses encrusted on the figure are typically associated with feminine delicacy, but here they become a protective covering.

Leigh has had solo exhibitions at The Kitchen and Tilton Gallery, both in New York, NY; Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK; and Gavlak Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. She has been the recipient of numerous residencies and awards, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, a Creative Capital Visual Arts grant and has participated in the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in-Residence program. Leigh received a BA from Earlham College.

Blue Torso, 2012
Porcelain, cobalt, epoxy, terracotta, graphite
27” x 13” x 14 ½”
Courtesy of Peggy Cooper Cafritz

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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