Leisa Rich is an experimentalist.
I invite you to share in the experience of artistic exploration by being a co-creator with me, through viewer interactive panels you can move, environments to walk through, tactile, touchable pieces, and textural works that visually stimulate.
I bring my conceptual 2D, sculptures, and installations to fruition using thread, plastics, fabrics, mixed media, recycled and repurposed detritus, and more. My preferred techniques include 3D printing, and free motion stitching, otherwise known as machine embroidery, a way of "painting" and building texture with sewing thread on a sewing machine. I also dye, paint, burn, melt, hand embroider, cast, build and assemble.
I use old materials and fiber art/art techniques in new ways, and transform new materials and techniques in ways they were not originally intended for.
Personal medical challenges that reference an ephemeral existence, the wish to surround myself in a Utopia of my creation that harks back to impactful experiences as a child, the heightened and detrimental affect of human behavior on nature, finding ways to facilitate human interaction, and my passion for the tactile, are all catalysts for subject matter. I like to imbed intricate, visual messages into my pieces to lure viewers, and tease more just than a cursory glance from them.
Leisa Rich has MFA, BFA and B of Education in Art degrees, and has been teaching for 41 years in schools, arts centers and universities across the U.S., Canada, and in her studio. Her work is published in numerous books, magazines, on line, and in televised interviews such as PBS' InContext. She has also written reviews and articles and created videos for arts organizations, magazines and zines. She has art works in the permanent collections of Emory Healthcare, The Kamm Foundation, The Dallas Museum of Art, The University of Texas, and The University of North Texas, and in many private collections across the U.S. and Canada.
Rich published her first children's book in 2015, comprised of 26 hand made dioramas and matching tongue twister type pages. View and order it at: www.animalalphabettravelingtwisters.com
CONTACT LEISA at her email: firstname.lastname@example.org