Simone Leigh, who was born in Jamaica and now lives in New York, investigates race and identity through ceramics, sculpture, and video. Her recent exhibition, “Gone South,” marked her first attempt to explore the American South, particularly what she calls “African Americana,” or the folk art traditions of face jugs and bottle trees, as well as vernacular architecture.
Leigh is not afraid to tackle charged references. One of her signature forms resembles an enlarged cowrie shell that she creates by molding clay around a watermelon, cutting a jagged opening, and glazing in a variety of colors and textures. The results are simultaneously beautiful and loaded with dark references.…see the entire review in the print version of December’s Sculpture magazine.