Cupboard VIII

Artist: Simone Leigh
sculpture | Stoneware, steel, raffia, and Albany slip | 3175x3048x3048mm | 2018

Simone Leigh developed the visual language of her sculptures from a wide variety of sources, including the art of ancient Egypt, traditional West African adobe structures, American vernacular architecture, and craft—including, in some cases, racist forms stemming from the Jim Crow era. As Leigh’s complex and contradictory sources would suggest, the female figures resist being reduced to a sum of their parts. Multifaceted and inward-gazing, they are conceived with Black women as their primary audience. A trained ceramist who has long engaged with radical Black feminist thought, Leigh has fashioned a multivalent response to outmoded notions of the female body as a vessel. Using sensuously textured materials—here, ceramic and bronze—she examines ways in which objects embody and communicate specific cultural traditions and histories through both material and form. ( Image courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. © Simone Leigh. Photograph by Farzad Owrang)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)