Leah Siegel

"I am inspired by the badlands of the Southwest, the industrial wastelands of northern New Jersey, the dark forests of Finland, the intersections of art + science, and the far reaches of consciousness. 

As an artist and photographer I explore landscapes of profound space and random, often mythic patterning, mapping these landscapes to reveal surface topography or interiors of the body or imaginary spaces. I employ various drawing and imaging techniques, often referring to visual equivalents of software program models. I am concerned with the ambiguities and protean nature of representation.

I developed my mark-making and imaging work throughout careers in film, video, photography and digital media, exhibiting my drawings and photography since the mid-1980s. I majored in Art History and Italian at Smith College and received my M.A. in Photography and Studio Art from New York University and the International Center of Photography. I have taught at New York University, Long Island University and Santa Fe Community College. In New York City I owned a video production company which specialized in performance and experimental work and produced award-winning documentaries. My art is in private collections as well as in the New Mexico Capitol Art Foundation Collection."