Leah Garnett teaches in the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University. She is a member of two collectives: The Red Head Gallery in Toronto and Hermes Gallery in Halifax. Her installation When One Space Meets Another is on view at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown until June 4. Another installation of her drawings will be at The Red Head Gallery from May 24 to June 17.
1. Building a house
I would love to build my own house. My father builds homes, so I grew up on construction sites and later I worked on them. I’m constantly checking out houses – how they’re made, designed, and situated. Until building my own house becomes possible, I daydream daily about how I’d remodel my current home.
I love radio. I listen to it all the time. Radiolab is one of my favorite radio shows/podcasts, and I can’t stop thinking about this episode. It’s about a type of shrimp with supersonic abilities.
3. Tom Sachs, Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Art and books I’ve seen or read in the last year that haven’t left my thoughts. I saw Tom Sach’s exhibition Tea Ceremony at the Noguchi Museum last spring and it was phenomenal. So were Noguchi’s sculptures. I keep recommending Ali Smith’s book How to Be Both and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. Very different books, but both excellent.
4. The woods and coast of Maine
I grew up in the Maine woods, near the coast but not on. It’s a beautiful part of the world and a landscape that I love. Although I have not lived there for twenty years, I regularly miss the bit of woods I grew up roaming around in. I can’t quite explain my connection to those woods or to the nearby coastline, except that it’s somatic, sensual, and ambulatory.
5. Tape and grommets
A few years ago, I started using a lot of tape and grommets in my work. I’m amassing a small collection of different tapes. My current favorites are a fluorescent pink gaffer tape, an archival cloth bookbinding tape in a mix of colors, and a narrow, bright orange vinyl tape. Hands down, I prefer Prym eyelets to any other grommet I’ve used. With the exception of the gaffer tape, everything else comes from Germany, which means I have a guilty relationship with Amazon. However, I bought the orange vinyl at Modulor in Berlin (the Ikea of office/art supplies) and I can’t order it over the internet. I’m running out! If anyone is going to Berlin, please bring back some tape for me.
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