Leo received her MFA from Tyler School of Art and currently teaches ceramics classes at Community College of Philadelphia and Tyler. Leo has also taught classes at The Clay Studio.
My current body of work draws from my experiences growing up in the Dominican Republic. These narratives are essential to my practice as they relate to my identity asAfro-Latina. Growing up in a culture where Afro or curly hair is considered unkempt, unclean, and unprofessional, I was encouraged me to hide my blackness.These cultural prejudices lead women of color to alter their hair to achieve a look that has been established as passing for whiteness in the dominant culture, which gives preference to long and straight hair. This bias is a rejection and an erasure of our ancestry.
At one point in time,everyone must deal with a sense of loss and the grieving process. Death is a part of life that can’t be contested, but my work is an attempt to explore the opposite of that. The patterns that cover the surface of my work are representative of my search for ways to control uncontrollable situations such as death. With the overly decorative patterns and the repetition of the forms, I am able to find a satisfying relief that fills the void.
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