LEAH Garnett

1. “We walked through windows and basements into the trees”, mixed media  installation, apx. 17’x17’ corner, 9’ ceiling, 2014, NFS 

2. “We walked through windows and basements into the trees”, installation view 

3. “We walked through windows and basements into the trees”, detail of one of three wall mounted sculptures, cedar shingle scraps, and plywood back, 6”x15”, mounted off the wall by 2.5”

4. “We walked through windows and basements into the trees”, detail OF DRAWING, graphite, pencil crayon, marker, gouache, tape, collaged paper, grommets, and masonry twine, 5’x5’

5. “We walked through windows and basements into the trees”, detail of string drawing/sculpture extending from drawing, masonry twine.  6’ stretch to wall, 9’ tall

6. “Junkpile”, graphite, pencil crayon, watercolor pencil, and gouache, 22” x 30” 2013 NFS

7. “Firmament”,gouache and graphite.  36 drawings, each 12”x16”, 2010, NFS

8. “Firmament”, detail of individual drawing

9. “Arches”, cedar shingle tips and house stain (leftovers from job construction sites).  Sizes range from 15”x5”x12” to 20”x8”x18”, 2010, NFS

10. “Arches”, detail of individual arches

I grew up on my father’s construction sites and this foundational experience shaped my interest in how we perceive, shape, and represent space.Specifically, I have looked at the relationships amongst architecture, landscape, and cosmology, and much of my past work represented spaces beyond physical comprehension, such as magnetic fields, outer space, and the ocean. Recently, my work has returned to my roots in construction. I am fascinated by the form and function of job sites. As provisional zones where architectural space is portioned from a larger landscape, construction sites exist as hybrids of landscape and architecture: they mimic both but are neither. They evolve as transitional architectures of scaffolding, planking, framing, etc., which in turn become a landscape through which to navigate the experience of space taking shape. I am currently working on drawings, sculptures, and installations that reference the materials and visual language of construction.


Originally from the coast of Maine, Leah Garnett is a Canadian American who lives and works in Sackville, New Brunswick. Her practice involves drawing, sculpture, and installation. She has exhibited in Canada, the US, and Germany,and attended residencies at the Sirius Art Centre, the Fire Station Artists' Studios, the MacDowell Colony, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Struts Gallery. She received her BA Honors from Brown University; BFA in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; and MFA from the University of Guelph.