Lee Leah Blalock
BS, 1994, Spelman College, Atlanta; AA, 1999, Bauder College, Atlanta; MFA, 2011, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions and Performances: Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Neue (Solo Exhibition), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Art Gallery of Mississagua; Leitmotif, Nuit Blanche, Toronto; IMPACT Performance Festival, Chicago; Chicago Public Access Television; ExTV; Kepco and Gallery Dot, Ulsan, South Korea; Le Flash!, Nuit Blanche, Atlanta; Baldwin Burroughs Theatre, Atlanta; Mint Gallery, Atlanta; Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta; Alliance Theater, Atlanta; StudioPlex, Atlanta. Radio: Free Radio SAIC, freeradiosaic.org; Vocalo 89.5fm, Chicago/NW Indiana; Numbers.fm.
Experience at SAIC
I received my MFA from SAIC and was truly inspired by my talented colleagues, the generous faculty, and my graduate advisors. Teaching here has given me the opportunity to expand my own experiences while sharing processes that come directly from my studio practice.
sy5z3ns - n3w_hum4ns - prostheses - amplifications - behaviors - comp_mutations
It is difficult to live in a body. When one body sees another body, the boundaries are immediately established. Those projections compress the body and the person. Shifting and flickering boundaries expand the body by proposing a sense of morphological freedom. My identity has always prospered in a hyphenated state. The metaphorical cyborg represents an extension of the diaspora, a bifurcated and recursive self that belongs any and everywhere. My work is an exercise in body modification by way of behavior or "change-of-state". I focus on anatomical metamorphosis and invention through abstraction and augmentation, and have a deep interest in cybernetics and the posthuman.
Cybernetics, prosthetics, posthuman studies, science fiction, music, noise, medical imagery and devices, digital bodies, dance, martial arts, and various kinds of body modification.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.