Wyoming Arts Council

"Listen" to Leah Hardy and her visual diaries

Listen; copper, earthenware, encaustic, mica, teeth, resin; 10.5”x14”x8”

Leah Hardy of Laramie is one of the six Wyoming artists featured at the Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Fellowship Exhibit at the State Museum Nov. 5-Jan. 9. Come meet Leah and the rest of the artists at the museum’s opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Here’s more about Leah:

Artist Statement — Leah Hardy

Childhood labors of love include making shoebox dioramas, assembling insect collections and creating secret spaces. These innate endeavors have greatly inspired my work as an adult.

My sculpture is a visual diary for commentary on daily occurrences, dreams, travels and human interaction – where I try to make sense of the world and its mysterious events in a poetic, distilled narrative manner.

Fragments of the human body, flora and everyday objects are integrated into surreal shrine-like settings to memorialize strange – and wonderful – life experiences. I utilize a rich array of color through material choices (copper, silver, earthenware, etc.) and various surface treatments such as patinas, encaustic, glaze and inks to evoke emotion, create focal points and visual tension or harmony to best express the intention of each piece.

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