Nina Leo is an installation artist working primarily in drawing, installation, performance, sound and scent. She holds an MFA in Visual Studies Emerging Practices from the University at Buffalo and a B.A. (Hons) in Visual Art from the University of Western Ontario. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and public institutions in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
As intersections between the body, science, technology and media become rapidly intensified her work examines how isolation may be manufactured and intimacies redesigned as experiences become stripped of direct multi-sensorial richness.
Installation and performance-based works attempt to actively engage the senses in unfamiliar ways as a means for exploring how this terrain of fragmented, often virtual experience affects us phenomenologically. Their performative aspects utilize these investigations to open up opportunities for confronting newly designed concepts of intimacy.
Works on paper often attempt to work through paths toward intimacy and estrangement as a means to understanding how notions around them may manifest.
For more information please visit the artist’s website at www.ninaleo.com
Acoustic Locator, 2009
Installation and performance, Front Park, Buffalo, N.Y.
Life Drawing, blood collection station, 2008
Installation and performance, Toronto, ON