American artist and naturalist Leah Gauthier makes wild inspired, threaded paintings and living sculpture, as well as often edible community building public works exploring sustainability, food security and climate change. She has said, ” I grew up on a river bank in Northwest Indiana, drawing, painting, chasing fireflies, collecting healing plants, and watching snapping turtle lay their eggs every spring, until they didn’t anymore, because industrial waste from a nearby factory damaged our habitat.” This sort of fragile and complicated interrelationship with the wild world has been a lifelong fascination. Her pieces are at once deep meditations on the present moment and her imaginings around our quickly shifting landscapes.
Leah’s work has been shown in museums, galleries and alternative spaces internationally. She has been an artist in residence at Eyebeam, The MacDowell Colony (as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow), and The Burren College of Art, and has received grants and awards from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, Efroymson Contemporary Arts Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Tufts University and others.