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Garbblatt
An Exhibition by Leanne Goldblatt

on view January 21 – February 26, 2022

Closing reception February 26, 2022 from 10a.m. -2 p.m.

Garbblatt is a collection of handmade clothes embellished with both stitched and screen printed designs. This work was influenced by self-reflective research regarding trauma’s effect on the development of episodic memories.  Trauma is capable of fragmenting memories, and in doing so, confusing our perception and understanding in real time.  Clarity, meaning, and significance develop in the wake of a moment, if ever.

Garbblatt was developed through a process that metaphorically mirrored trauma’s ability to splinter memory.  The first several weeks were dedicated to stitching or screening snapshot drawings onto each individual scrap of fabric.  In the final weeks of production I spent time fashioning these scraps into garments I felt comfortable wearing.  Riddled with semiotic imagery portraying the intersection of white trash and significant privilege, Garbblatt is a playful attempt to reconstruct some of the more formidable ideologies that structured my upbringing. 

Leanne is a New York born and based practitioner, mother, and teacher currently living in Buffalo, NY.  She received a Masters of Fine Arts from her alma mater, the University at Buffalo.  She is an interdisciplinary maker currently working across mediums of print, sculpture, fiber, and digital media.  Leanne’s practice is a skill-based, hand-made aesthetic with an obsessive tendency towards streamlining repetitive, production-style processes.    

Through crude depictions of unusual autobiographical memories, Goldblatt’s stories are a sarcastic, sometimes deadpan, treatment of family trauma in which the construction of truth acts as a divisive mechanism for control and abuse. Her interests rest on how sexuality, identity, gender and ethics developed in a totalitarian system.  

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Exhibitions are supported by:

Book Arts is supported by: National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, the County of Erie, M&T Bank Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Humanities NY