Sarah Leahy is a New York based artist who creates paintings and constructions using black india ink painted onto the surface of clear sanded plexiglass. Her work frames different spaces using the materiality of light. From room-size constructions to small-scale imagery, the viewer is conscious of themselves in relation to the space created, the surface and image. Refracted light is held within the body of each piece of glass, causing a complex dimensionality. The luminous monochromatic tones of black to white creates a concentrated presence, demanding attentiveness and a slowing down from the observer, offering the viewer territory to internalize their experience.
Leahy has completed eight solo exhibitions with Kim Foster Gallery in New York. She has participated in exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art in NY, the Alexandria Museum of Art in LA, University of North Carolina in DL , 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.”