Leila Ehtesham

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Parsons School of Design, 2013, BFA
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, 2013, BA
sound, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, video-art, conceptual, photography, exhibition/performance

In past work I was focused on construction and identity as it related to my childhood as an expat in Dubai. That focus gave way to investigation on the psychology of the home, from cave dwellings to suburban lawns, from dollhouses to wattle and daub.I have come to regard the general concept of home as three-fold:  Home can be where you come from, where you are or where you want to be. I’m interested in the shared narrative of what home means, and the shared efforts we take to get there.  We become homesick, we run away from home, we romanticize our dream home. Whether the ideal is the villa on the beach, the loft apartment or the gated community, the fact is that an ideal exists for everyone. Home then is not only an extension of the self – it is a concept that drives major life decisions. My work takes form in sculpture, installation, audio, video and photography.

In November 2011, my work was featured in Self, Observed, a national juried exhibition of student work at the North Carolina Museum of Art. In December 2012, I exhibited in Uncertainty, a student-curated show featuring select BFA senior work at Parsons the New School for Design. In May 2013, I completed two undergraduate degrees in fine arts and writing at The New School in New York City. In January 2014, my proposal was accepted to be a 2015 exhibiting artist for The Cube – an experimental gallery space founded by Visual Art Exchange, a non-profit arts organization in Raleigh, NC