Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning: Cut All the Telephone Cords
Lion Brothers Building
875 Hollins St
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 12-3 PM
Performance at Noon
During this live performance, Leah, dressed in black, cuts the cords of 30 black telephones as a memorial to a dear friend who died tragically at age 30. This piece is performed on the anniversary of her death.
Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning: Surf & Surrender // Part of "Badlands" 2019 Intermedia + Digital Art MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 9-26, 2019
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC
1st Floor of the Fine Arts Building
Reception: Friday, April 12, 2019 5-7 PM
Free & Open to the Public
Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning: Surf & Surrender
A multi-channel video and sound installation showcases a series of mourning rituals. Leah appears as surfer, priestess, and artist performing last-rite rituals for the ocean, accompanying the sea as “she” is dying. Viewers are invited to walk around the three sculptures, which are designed to reference surfboards, stained-glass windows, and cathedral portals. As the viewers move through and around the installation, they create metaphoric currents, acting as bodies of water, while bearing witness to the rituals and mourning the ocean’s impending passing.