Bio: Emily Legleitner (she/her) is a fulltime studio artist based in Flint, MI. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. Her work has garnered critical acclaim throughout the Midwest, winning the 2019 Michigan Greater Artists Exhibition Best of Show at Midland Center for the Arts, and the 2020 Body Building: Art of the Human Figure Exhibition Best of Show at Indianapolis Art Center, among other awards. Legleitner’s work has exhibited in numerous acclaimed print shows and been published in the London based print publication Printmaking Today (2018). Legleitner was an artist in residence at the Icelandic Textile Center (Blönduós, Iceland) in 2019 and will be an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA) and Sager Braudis Gallery (Columbia, MO) in 2020/21
Artist Statement: I work within the expanded fields of printmedia, fibers, and small metals – My printed imagery is largely informed by photography, performance, and the body. Through making I share auto-biographical scrutinization of my self-proclaimed identity and analyze an internalized relationship with myself and others and how those thoughts contrast with outward behaviors. My work is often situated within the home, capturing lived experiences. A recent body of work in woodcut print, titled “You can see it on the horizon now,” explores narratives of self-deprecating and self-compassionate behaviors happening within a small apartment and over the course of a year. I am interested in illuminating how these fleeting moments in time accumulate to construct an individualistic sense of self, and while they are private moments in which I might feel alienated because the experience is specific, the feelings are common and felt by many. In this way my work is not meant to be self-representation but rather a representation of youth, angst, and empathy.