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Leah Korican: Bramble & Bloom

February 16 – March 23, 2024

Leah Korican’s ‘Bloom’ series investigates memory and story. She uses stencils, lace, spray paint, and twining imagery to make complex multi-layered works. Painting on the reverse side creates vivid reflected color—a metaphoric representation of how memory and early experiences color the present. The round shape evokes cyclical processes of growth and decay. Her site-specific installation, ‘Bramble’ juxtaposes fairytale imagery with text and explores childhood understandings of femininity, danger, and solace.


Leah Korican, Bloom-Daisy, acrylic, spray paint, cutouts on Tyvek paper, 53"x3", 2023 photo courtesy of the artist


Leah Corican

Leah Korican

Leah Korican is a visual artist and writer. She has lived around the world, including Cave Junction, Oregon; and Florence, Italy. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited nationally including at the Richmond Art Center, Bedford Gallery, and the Triton Museum. Her public art commissions include a large-scale site-specific cut-out for the Nashville International Airport, and permanent artworks for Kehilla Community Synagogue and Rumsey Engineers in Oakland, California. Her writing has appeared recently in Heartwood Literary Magazine.

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