Home is How We Make Ourselves

  • January 7, 2020 - January 31, 2020
  • Recurring daily
  • Glynn Visual Arts
  • 106 Island Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Glynn Visual Arts is pleased to announce its first gallery exhibit of the new decade, 2020. Home is How We Make Ourselves is one woman’s commentary and expression of home and what that means after having been flooded and unhomed as a result of Hurricane Irma.

The artist, Leigh Kirkland’s, work is a bricolage of painting, paper collage, printmaking, and constructed objects. The series of work arose in response to and was completed in the two years after Hurricane Irma flooded her home on St Simons Island on September 11, 2017.

The subject is houses, but thematically the series questions the extent to which our identity, public and private, is embodied in and represented by the objects we gather around us. Those things are more important than we like to admit. We choose things, here represented by houses, to construct and commodify our identities, our selves.

A St. Simons Island resident, Leigh started making art after a variegated career working outside the home for money, most happily teaching English at Georgia State University. She is mostly self-taught as an artist and works in an ever-evolving variety of media. She began with photography before expanding to watercolor, block-printing, mixed media collage, acrylic, and assemblage (using found and recycled objects). Almost all of those media are represented in this show. Please join us for this fascinating exhibit!