Sarah Leahy is a New York based artist who creates paintings and constructions using black india ink painted onto the surface of clear plexiglass. The body of the plexiglass, the medium and manipulation of it, are intended to be as direct and tactile as possible. Her work describes spaces using the materiality of light. From room-size constructions to small-scale imagery, the viewer is conscious of their physicality in relation to the space created, the surface and image. Moving beyond an impulse to recognize or read a narrative in the work, the accumulation of tones and images creates a quiet presence that is immediate and intimate for the viewer.
Leahy has completed eight solo exhibitions with Kim Foster Gallery in New York . She has participated in exhibitions in the Alexandria Museum of Art in LA, University of North Carolina, Visual Arts Center in NJ, Albright Knox Art gallery in Buffalo, National Academy Museum, Art Miami and Art Chicago. She has been the recipient of a grant from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, an ongoing studio recipient from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and a Norfolk Fellowship from Yale University. Leahy earned a BA from Bennington College. Her work is in private collections in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Maine, Seattle, Dallas, Pittsburg, Canada and the UK. Leahy was reviewed in the New York Times by Grace Gluck where she described : “Her aim is to capture light...This is the path she has chosen and it works.”