Simone Leigh

February 2022—July 2023

In Room 9 of the Pavilions, Glenstone presented Village Series, 2021, a sculpture by Simone Leigh (b. 1967). Throughout her career, Leigh has worked in sculpture, video, performance, and social practice, centering her work on Black femme subjectivity. Leigh’s practice is informed by her interest in artistic traditions of Africa and the African diaspora, as well as her background in philosophy, cultural studies, and Black feminist thought. Village Series stands over seven feet tall and demonstrates Leigh’s command of materials, for which the artist has gained renown. Leigh renders the figure’s head, bare torso, and an intricate wreath of whorl-shaped elements encircling the face in hand-built ceramic, while the conical shape of its skirt is formed in a volume of raffia.

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      Simone Leigh
      Village Series, 2021
      Leigh 2021