Opening Reception and Artist talk: Saturday March 27, 2010, 2:00 pm
Leah Decter’s imprint is based on a single-channel video that forms a conceptual bridge with the artist’s ongoing body of sculpture, installation, video and performance works exploring our relationships with place. National and personal histories converge in Decter’s reflective installation, which interweaves concepts of dis/location, migration, memory, and the precarity of place.
The central video of imprint is played out within the setting of a quintessential Canadian land/scape, which itself performs crucial aspects of the narrative. A winter storm insists its presence on an expansive flat plain, the land and sky rendered white-grey and punctuated by a black fringe of leafless trees forming the horizon. A figure performs a repeated set of actions that comprise a ritual in two parts: one, the echo of the Jewish custom in which pebbles are placed on a gravestone to mark a visit to the dead, and the other a contest between footprints and the blowing snow - a perpetual palimpsest of marking, unmarking and remarking location.
Leah Decter is an artist currently living in Winnipeg. Her interdisciplinary practice is rooted in intersections of human experience and social/political issues. She has exhibited widely in Canada and her recent work has exhibited in the US and internationally. Decter has worked as an educator and curator, and in addition to her studio practice has been working with socially engaged practices for over ten years. She is currently undertaking a low residency MFA in New Media through Transart Institute based in Linz, Austria.
Leah Decter, imprint (Installation View), 2010.