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.