Join us for our First Fridays gallery opening of “How to Live With it” by artist Karen Wangare Leonard! As always, this event is free and open to everyone, and refreshments will be provided by the Gaines Group Architects. You do not want to miss this!
About the Artist:
Karen Wangare Leonard is a young, disabled contemporary mixed media artist born in Kenya. Now currently living in perpetual migration, Leonard draws from a deep well of experiences to explore identity and storytelling through her work. In 2017 she suffered a serious arm injury that left her dominant arm disabled, forcing her to work with her other arm until that arm also became disabled from overuse. Determined to keep creating, Leonard’s style adapted to heavily utilizing her feet and mouth to create, abstracting her work and taking after background in visual journaling. She says, “these days I do not use an eraser on my canvas as much as I used to. I am more concerned with making what I can with what I’ve done rather than attempting to correct the past. Art, as it pertains to life, is full of yesterdays. Every line stays. What a terrifyingly incredible thought. How can I face each action in acceptance and opportunity?”
– This gallery showing has themes that may be triggering or uncomfortable to folks. Self harm and violence are a continual theme. You are empowered to take care of yourselves gently as you engage with this work.
– At this event, we ask that masks be worn at all times apart from eating and drinking. COVID is still an on-going pandemic and we want to do our part to protect everyone in the vicinity. Masks will be provided at the door if you do not have any.
– There are single person bathrooms available for any gender to use despite the labeled signs on the doors.
– This building was previously restored from a fire. The elevator shaft is currently not functioning and there is an absence of ramps in the space. Because the show is on the 2nd floor, this may pose an issue for those who have mobility needs. We are aware of this need and we apologize greatly if this changes your ability to attend.