In my new work, I ask what would it be like to come into being as a cloud, or other shifts in consciousness, or even as just the outer shell of being. How would we slip through space and time? What form would we take? We are all made of stardust and under different heat and pressure we could have been rocks. I marvel at our fragile physical form and our abstraction of time and space that relates only to our human scale. The physicist Carlo Rovelli says all reality is interaction. In my work, I look at how our bodies interact within a cosmic timeline of the natural world and the universe, and how we flow through in all our forms.
Leah Piepgras (b.1970, Norman, OK) received her BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute (1993) and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University (1997). Piepgras creates (frequently labor intensive) work using performance, sculpture, painting and drawing. She focuses on ideas about how the body and mind navigate and digest the natural world and relationships we inhabit. Select exhibitions include: Take it Easy (Atlanta, Georgia), Spring Break Art Fair (New York, NY), University Hall Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston, MA, Ortega y Gasset Projects Flat Files, Brooklyn, NY, Camayuhs Flat Files, Atlanta, GA, Hall Space (Boston, MA), Grin Gallery (Providence, RI), Winfisky Gallery at Salem State University (Salem, MA), Sarah Doyle Gallery at Brown University (Providence, RI), St. Botolph’s Foundation (Boston, MA); the Bass Museum (Miami, FL) The Chelsea Art Museum (New York, NY), and the Cushing-Martin Gallery at Stonehill College (Easton, Massachusetts). She has work in the permanent collection of, among others, Wilmer Hale, New England Biolab and Fidelity Investments, and has been featured in Artsy, Hyperallergic, Beautiful Decay, Big Red & Shiny, Art F City, The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She lives and works in North Andover, MA