Perspective in tension: Explorations with Leeza Meksin

Whether she is dressing buildings in spandex, creating false doors that double and mimic the doors in the room, or installing elaborate tents outside on the lawn, there is a tension that breeds insight in Leeza Meksin‘s artistic output. Impermanence challenges posterity, feminine and masculine stereotypes lock horns, and the viewer is invited to explore how our human bodies and the materials we shelter them in – whether that’s the fabric or the brick and mortar wrapped around us – shape our perspectives.

Meksin, who joined the Department of Art faculty as an assistant professor in July 2021 and will take on the role of Director of Graduate Studies in art on July 1, 2022, welcomed us into her studio, where the bold color in the surrounding work electrified the energy in the room. While the themes she tackles carry significant weight, her approach is infused with a spirit of experimentation and playfulness as materials challenge the status quo of high and low brow art contexts and taste.

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