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Emerging Frontier Fellowship: Leah Danze
September 6, 2019 - October 6, 2019
Leah Danze, Artist (New Orleans, LA)
Leah Danze is a painter from Texas. They view the canvas as a site for integration, as fluid and at times contradicting aspects of their identity step into conversation with one another on the same field. Their paintings are informed by the dance for intimacy, the forgiveness of plants, and the ways in which the body holds memory. Leah has worked closely with community as a translator and paralegal for survivors of trafficking and migrant farmworkers, as a teaching artist for youth who did not have access to art classes in school, and most recently as an art therapist. She has hosted group art therapy workshops for adults with Multiple Sclerosis, for children who were apprehended at the U.S./Mexico Border, and for teens who have lost loved ones in acts of organized violence. She is currently interested in learning more about the somatic experience, as she is beginning to notice how deeper awareness of her body informs her own artistic practice as well as her work in community settings.
What are you most looking forward to in regards to Green River and the Frontier Fellowship?
I’m looking forward to connecting with the people and land of Green River. I’m excited to collaborate and learn from those around me.