KIRA LEIGH IS A MASSART ALUMNI WHO GRADUATED IN MAY OF 2011 WITH A BFA IN ART EDUCATION. SHE CURRENTLY LIVES IN ALLSTON WITH HER CAT ROLLY AND HER BEST FRIEND/PARTNER IN CRIME CANDACE.
Using Daliís paranoiac method of creation I engage my drawing and painting materials with an attempt to exorcize personal anxiety and demons. The end result is usually a female nude expressing contrary social norms, such as being highly sexual but not sexualized, possessing abundant body hair but still being attractive, being objectified in a sexual situation but being physically unattractive. Sometimes my females have male sexual organs, sometimes they are conjoined twins, and sometimes they are corpses or mutilated in some way. My attempt to personalize the female form and make it an expression of anti-patriarchy, pro-feminist ideals is a direct result of my life as a female in the oppressive western cisgendered Christian white male society. Works often have bright, anime-inspired symbolism and color palettes, drawing inspiration to my early life as an anime addict. Anime is highly misogynistic with very few strong, complete female characters within it that arenít simply objectified bodies. I draw, I paint, sometimes I collageóoften times using anti-art materials such as highlighters, gel pens, glitter and sharpie markers. I often employ facial makeup to touch on the way females are expressly held up to an unrealistic physical standard and apply copious amounts of strange face paint in order to appear younger or more sexually enticing. My version of the male gaze is how I honestly experience itóas a gross invention created to strip women of their inherent female power and reduce them to objects for use by heteronormative males. I plan nothing, preferring to simply let it pour out of me, using anxiety and depression as a fuel for my distaste of current societal standards and culture.
July 2013: Kool Kreatures local zine, Boston MA
April 2013: Juxtapoz Online Feature!
February 2013: OH! Parasite: Feature
January 2013 Popper Magazine Anticipated feature in January mag! (print)
October 2012Royal Cheese feature!
August 2012: second booooooom.com feature!
June 2012:(Print} Work in Artist Projects @ Beautiful Decay: Strange Daze
May 2012: Untold Method Recession feature.
April 2012:Second Feature in Juxtapoz Online!
March 2012: Feature in Lost at E Minor
March 2012:Feature in the Hi.Lite.Head blog
March 2012: Feature in New England Journal of Aesthetic Research
March 2012: Feature in Electric City Art Lodge
Feb 2012: Quiet Lunch Feature:Kira Leigh kruger
Fall 2011: Proteus Mag Feature
August 2011: GIZMODO featured one of my prints
Feb 2012: boooooom art blog!
Fall 2011 PHANTASMA
(I say like way too much in that interview. My apologies. Its just the way I talk when nervous.)
Fall 2011 Semester, massART: Artwork featured in Admissions Catalog
Aug 17th 2011: Juxtapoz Feature: The Awesome Anixety of Kira Leigh
JUNE 22nd 2011: Wash Your Hands and Repeat Zine A piece of mine is here
June 10th 2011: Proxart Magazine: Interview
The Artfuls; Freelance Feature; Kira Leigh
April 2011: Domestic Etch:Feature
April 22nd 2011: MIND BIT; Interview with Kira Leigh
March 2011: Zouch Magazine; Obscure Art: Kira Leigh
March 13th 2011: Beata Chrzanowska; Interview With Kira Leigh
March 8th 2011: Eat Sleep Draw Magazine; Issue 7
March 2013: Parallax AF Art Fair, NY
January 2013: Mass Apparel GROUP SHOW, boston MA
November 2012: US SOLO SHOW @ the Lilypad
September 2012: Snagglefest! Group Show
August 2012: Parallax AF Art Fair
April 2012: Quarks Gallery: SOLO EXHIBITION!!
February 2012: Group, SALON, YES.OUI.SI Gallery, BOSTON, MA
January 2012: Group, Socio Network II, Alternative Cafe, SEASIDE, CA
2011: Group, small works, Green Side Up Gallery, ALLSTON, MA
2011: Group, CYCLES, YES.OUI.SI Gallery, BOSTON, MA
2011: Group, senior exhibition, massART
2010: Are We There Yet?, Arnheim Gallery, massART