leah dunbar
Senior Show
BFA Senior Exhibit
Artist Statement

"The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark: random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight."
Twyla Tharp

The most important aspect of each piece is the idea behind it. It is my biggest struggle to stay true to my idea and not let it get diluted or changed through the art making process. I try to have no boundaries and find the best possible way to convey the ideas that I have. My ideas stem from the exploration of the female and her role in conception, fertilization, sex and procreation. I am also interested in her traditional role in society. What has a women represented in the past? What does she represent now?

As long as I can remember I have been stitching things together. When I was little I would stitch toy mice filled with catnip for my cat. She would destroy it, and I would always make her more. Through the physical act of making my art, I have succumbed to the traditional female role. During printmaking I have laboriously reproduced countless images over and over again, birthing my ideas, giving them life and form. I have sewn into the wee hours of the night, going through spools of thread, changing bobbins and threading needles. I have pieced together objects, making them fit, making them work, giving them meaning and making it my own.