Leah’s interest in social activism, specifically, her interests in the environment, and ecology, have been harnessed in her thesis project and ongoing body of work. As she has developed her work, its form has become more ambitious in scale, engaging larger spaces and a range of community based organizations. Recognizing the role of the individual artist as an activist in the public realm, she has broadened her scope beyond the art word itself.
Her thesis project, Lettuce, furthers her investigations of environmental responsibility, life cycles, and social rituals Her formal concerns have sharpened, with direct references to Land Art of the 1970s, Minimalism, and architecture. With Lettuce, she has pushed herself further into an interdisciplinary realm, incorporating a performative aspect into the opening event. Her choice to shift the content of the exhibit after the opening reception, with only web-based documetnation of the project existing, further realizes her vision of pushing viewers to take personal action, while illusrtating the fragility of the work’s medium, nature itself. ..At a time when we need imaginative ways to capture the interesteand attention of the public to make change to protect natural resources and the environment, Leah’s work is all the more relevant. She is pushing visual language, social messaging and art history with her work>David Cabrera, Arist and Professor of Contemporary Art, School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston