Recipes For Volatile Times | 2021
Kelly Leonard grew up in Mudgee and has returned several times since the 1980s to live. As a teenager, she met her weaving teacher, Marcella Hempell, a second-generation Bauhauser who’s philosophy and way of working has stayed with Kelly all her life. Half her life has been spent in commercial kitchens cooking and half has been spent at a loom weaving. She used to travel but is now based in Broken Hill, where she works for a regional arts organisation and weaves.
Since reactivating her practice in 2016, Kelly has been making work responding to the sight, sound, smell and feel of the environment, where she places woven artworks in conversation with place, to form new meanings and relationships. Her work is always informed by her perspective as a regional/remote artist. She believes that struggles for social justice and environmentalism cannot be separated from each other and are inextricably woven together. In her work, she is interested in creating small acts of care on a local scale that creates a wider visibility around climate change, fossil fuels extraction, water mismanagement and species disappearance.