Artifice by Courtney Leonard

Artifice by Courtney Leonard


“As a person who comes from a coastal community, we were always blessed to go to our shores, dig our feet in the sand, place our hands in the water and fill our baskets with enough to eat.

However, coastal aquaculture harvesting in Long Island, New York is threatened by an increase of nitrogen run-offs, creating large algae blooms.

The Artifice series is a reference to forms taken from man-made coral reef structures which try to rebuild ruined coral communities.”

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About Courtney Leonard: 

Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock) is an artist and filmmaker, who has contributed to the Offshore Art movement. Leonard's current work embodies the multiple definitions of “breach”, an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale and material sustainability. 

In collaboration with national and international museums, U.S. embassies, cultural institutions, and indigenous communities in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand, Leonard's practice investigates narratives of cultural viability as a reflection of environmental record. 

Leonard holds an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, with additional degrees from The Sheridan Center For Teaching and Learning at Brown University, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, with a concentration in Museum Studies and 3D Design.