Sculpture supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate - Winner 2014
Having studied sculpture at Brighton and later an MA at the RCA, Leah’s practice explores the boundaries of performance and sculpture. Much of her work employs performers for specifically formulated pieces which are rehearsed and then recorded for editing and refining the final outcome. An example of this could be seen during her residency at the Zabludowicz Collection (2012) where her piece 2x3 involved 11 life model participants performing a series of static pre-curated poses within fabricated wooden structures she had made. The junction between the body and the wooden structure was filmed in a macro shot and broadcast live to a screen outside the main space.
Leah’s current research deals with ideas surrounding performativity and audience as archive as seen in her performance piece ‘Allure’ (ICA New Contemporaries 2011) in which she employed 45 participants to each wear an entire bottle of Chanel’s Allure in the gallery. Leah asked the participants to record the unsuspecting audiences reactions via a questionnaire at the end of each day. ‘Art’, she emphasises, ‘should excite public debate and challenge the roles of audiences and institutions which host it’ – a premise which we look forward to undergoing in her future projects including a response to Haim Steinbachs exhibition at the Serpentine on 12th of April.