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Leisa Rich

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” Society is disconnected. The frenetic pace of city life, the unavoidable hyper-speed influx of technology into most facets of daily life, and the inhumane pace at which humans work and live in much of the world today, has chipped away at our time and ability to notice nature, each other or small moments in life. These things have been relegated to the inconsequential. Inner reflection, and the quest for true connection, has been buried in hype, and in hyper-activity. Humans take little time to bond with the “real” world when faced with dozens of emails to answer! I keep hearing from people I meet how they feel LESS connected to each other today…not the ‘more’ we were promised by the technology guri. A society “larger-than-life” has disrupted, and in many cases destroyed, our connection with nature, our natural selves and each other, leaving us with empty idealizations of what it means to be “human”. As my disenchantment with this behavior and its negative impact on the world grew, and as I became overwhelmed with the realization of my own human limitations I sought refuge in, and intentionally focused on, the little things in my immediate world. I began to look closely at items usually ignored: a small stone kicked aside while walking, a bit of broken glass, a fossil, a shard of twisted metal, a miniscule shell, a cell, a swirl of moss on a beach. I wanted to transform those simple, ordinary things into the extraordinary in order to give greater significance to them. Inspired by those bits, I produced 2D and 3D art forms and installation works that were not meant to realistically “reproduce” organic structures of the natural world and magnify them but merely intimate them; using the power of scale–from miniscule to gargantuan—I strove to portray an essence I saw in each object. While I am still working on those types of pieces- fantastical creatures and places to hide in- I recently decided to creatively strive to become part of an artist solution, rather than run and hide from problems. Working with the idea of causing human viewer interaction with my works, I am making pieces that viewers can “rearrange”, thereby creating another story; their own personal, alternative view. Right now, those works are taking place on the wall in more of a 3D format, but new ideas are in the works for changeable environments, also. At any rate, I am alive and smack dab in the middle of it all…so…. I want to Reconnect. ” – Leisa Rich

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