Leah Mackin (b. 1985, Philadelphia, PA) lives and works in Chicago, IL, where she is a current Printmedia MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Chicago. Mackin was a member artist at the cooperative studio and gallery Space 1026 and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Book Arts from The University of the Arts.

Personal Statement

I photocopy, scan, photograph, duplicate, print, transfer, and otherwise generally manipulate images to create monochromatic abstract works on paper. I am interested in the conversation between marks created by my hand and the marks of machine output—and where those marks become indistinguishable. By allowing these digital and photo-reproductive processes to dictate the outcome of the piece, I forego a portion of control to a machine. I challenge the mechanized objectivity inherent to this method of production with aesthetically guided decision-making. The history of a completed piece involves multiple iterations of process: a photocopy will be photographed, output via inkjet print and then scanned, digitally increased in scale and output again. As this repeated processing becomes a process itself, I reference the actions of the machines that I employ.


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.