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Leigh E. Davis
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: Navigating the complex line between voyeurism and empathy, my work is both deeply personal and anthropologically rich, often stemming from an all-consuming curiosity about a specific person, community, or place. The subjects of past work span all corners of the human experience, from the devoted brothers of a dying religious order, to the residents of a Brooklyn YWCA, to the inhabitants of a rapidly developing neighborhood in Washington, DC. My camera provides an initial bridge into new communities, allowing me to access these spaces with the goal of helping to tell the stories I find there. Ultimately, the final work is a multimedia exploration generated by the relationship that develops naturally between artist and subject. In recent years, projects have taken the form of shrines, altars, and collections of various objects and images that work together to form a cohesive and immersive installation. To house these works, I have been drawn to sites that present their own spirituality or sense of community, using this intrinsic human quality to complement the stories represented in the installation. The overall work is designed to foster connection between viewers and community members, encouraging conversation about the aspects of humanity that keep us apart and bring us together.
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  • Act 1: Inquiry into the ELE
    2015-ongoing
    Lecture-Performance: An assemblage of imagery, objects, written accounts, and archival research to explore ELEs
    http://www.leighdavisprojects.com/projects/#/an-inquiry-into-the-ele-1/

  • Congregate Commission
    2012-2013
    Video, Photography

  • Congregate Commission
    2012-2013
    video, Photography
    Congregate Commission video still from Quiet Service https://vimeo.com/72995311

  • Secular Columbarium for The Island
    2012
    Custom-built wood shelving, Donated and found objects, donated and found photographs

  • Secular Columbarium for The Island
    2012
    Detail, Custom-built wood shelving, Donated and found objects, donated and found photographs

  • The Burrow (H.H.)
    2012
    Found objects, crates, boxes
    http://www.leighdavisprojects.com/projects/#/the-burrow-hh/

  • everything that ought to have remained
    2011
    Wood, Photographs, Found Objects
    everything that ought to have remained is a temporary installation I created for the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City.

  • everything that ought to have remained
    2011
    Wood, Photographs, Found Objects
    While at the same time seeking to restore to physical, three-dimensional presence the structures now lost.

  • The TV Room (2009), from The Brothers
    2009
    C Print   30 x 40"
    The project is an investigation of these men and their relationship to their surroundings, the rituals they adhere to, and the spiritual community they foster both among themselves and in tenuous conn

  • The Community Room (2009), from The Brothers
    2009
    C Print   30 x 40"

  • The Community Room (2010) from The Brothers
    2010
    C Print   30 x 40"

  • The Formal Chapel, from The Brothers
    2010
    C Print   30 x 40"
    The Brothers is a series of photographs documenting the expulsion of the aged members of a religious order from their home on the grounds of a former military hospital in New Mexico.

  • Portrait of the Crisis
    2009
    C Print   30 x 30"
    Portrait of the Crisis, is a project exploring the ways in which self-storage facilities are being repurposed in response to the economic crisis in the United States.

  • Portrait of the Crisis
    2009
    C print
    The purpose of this project is to investigate the ways in which people adapt nondescript spaces in response to changing social and economic conditions.

  • Ensemble
    2008
    Custom-built screen, Stereo sound

  • Ensemble
    2008
    Custom-built screen, Stereo sound

  • Room 1004, from Residence
    2004
    C Print   40 x 55"
    Residence is a project I conducted at a residence hall for women located within the YWCA of Brooklyn.

  • Room 1004, from Residence
    2004
    C Print   40 x 55"
 








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