Leisa Rich

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“The Butterfly Effect”

Leisa transforms simple and ordinary materials and processes into the extraordinary. She portrays the essence of the subject while connecting the viewer in a visceral and tactile manner, and asks that they share a little time to live in her world of fantastical creatures, amoebic forms and places in which to hide.

Her first memories with textile relate to her experience as a legally deaf child. Leisa had a ‘blankie’ that she needed to run through her fingers in order to fall asleep. Saturdays were spent with Dad at his electrical construction company complex; she proudly strutted bell wire crowns and bracelets she had formed of nuts and bolts, and would wander over to the glaziers and plumbers to make tables and sculptures. While in the hospital her joys in silence were finger painting and dressing Barbie in clothes her mother made from her work attire. Using recycled materials along with new still comes naturally to Leisa; her commitment to the environment is exemplified in the 32 years she has chosen to be vegetarian and vegan.

Leisa’s favorite part of her studio practice is in the ‘making’. “When I am creatively immersed, all challenges of being human cease to exist”.

Jessica CadkinBridget CatchpoleWendy Davis Val GalvinAnna Gustafson
Barbara HellerEmily JanRachelle LeBlanc Susan Lenz  Leisa Rich
Bettina MatzkuhnAmy MeissnerJohanna NorryPaulina OritzJudith Selby Lang
Dimitra SkandaliKatherine Soucie Diana Weymar Dora WilsonAlejandra Zermeno
Vivienne Challandes