VISUAL ARTIST, EDUCATOR & WRITER
For the past decade, Brooke Leigh’s practice has focused on performative aspect of drawing as a cathartic experience. In this sense, catharsis is the release of internalised emotions, which then becomes the catalyst for understanding and acceptance.
Over the years, Leigh’s work has evolved from large-scale gestural charcoal drawings inspired by abstraction and surrealism to to focusing on the sensory experience of mark making through live performance, video, sound, photography, print-making, textile and installation.
Leigh currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
currently based in London
“Throughout 2020 and 2022, I have been working closely with people with anxiety, autism, schizophrenia, psychosis and visual impairment. Through one-on-one experiences, we explore the act of mindfulness, social connection and creative expression to voice, listen to and navigate emotions which are difficult to verbally communicate.
Working with clay, music, field recordings, drawing, watercolour and natural objects, in unison and collaboratively, I have witnessed how truly empowering the shared experience can be. This has heightened my awareness and understanding of sensory experience and how touch and sound can be used to navigate and communicate the world around us. I am currently working on a body of work that investigates these recent observations and explorations.”