b.1981; Lives and works in Richmond, VA
Leigh Suggs channels her fascination with the mystery and psychology of sight through cut paper works and large-scale installations. She obscures normal perception, manipulating her materials as if optical illusions. By cutting and weaving intricate patterns, she animates an array of materials, including reflective silver mylar, painted Yupo (a thick, plastic-based paper), and ink. The intangible and inexpressible optical illusions created in each piece lure in the viewer, pulling them into an experience of seeing that is at once immediate and elusive. Spots, dots, and zig-zags roam in and out of focus, leaving a visual residue that challenges the reality of the lines, colors and patterns seen in each piece. Although two dimensional in nature, Suggs transforms the works on paper into sculpture-like forms through her manipulation of shadows, applied color, and reflections. The individual is left to decipher the piece’s existence as sculpture or flatwork, illusion or concrete, much as Suggs’ practice continually asks “What am I really seeing?”
Suggs received her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003 and her MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. The artist has been awarded several grants and honors, including the North Carolina Fellowship Award, a city of Richmond CultureWorks Grant, and a residency at the Quirk Hotel & Gallery in Richmond, VA. Her work is a part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts collection and corporate collections, including the Federal Reserve Bank, Capital One, Markel Corporation, Suntrust Bank, and Fidelity Investments.
Leigh Suggs: Bent Out of Shape11 March - 16 April 2022Massey Klein Gallery is pleased to present Bent Out of Shape, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Leigh Suggs. The exhibition will be on view from March 11 through...
Leigh Suggs: TOAST18 December 2020 - 30 January 2021Massey Klein Gallery is pleased to present TOAST, a solo exhibition of new work by Leigh Suggs hosted in Massey Klein’s intimate east gallery room. The exhibition will be on...
Future Fair Holiday MarketHoward Fonda, Kathryn Mecca, Leigh Suggs 22 November 2021 - 10 January 2022Future Fair is pleased to announce the second edition of its virtual Holiday Market, featuring original artworks, editions, and objects within a range of accessible price points for new and experienced collectors to discover. Complimentary of — and counterpoint to — Future Fair’s flagship show, the Holiday Market holds space for emerging dealers and curators to participate and present, while encouraging seasoned dealers to share unseen and overlooked works. The platform features 23 exhibitors offering works from 70 international artists. Massey Klein Gallery is pleased to present paintings by Howard...