The crossover area between the disciplines of sculpture and performance are of particular interest to Leah Capaldi’s practice, with echoes of the seminal performance work of the late 1960s and early 70s. She explores the pivotal relationship between object or subject, encouraging the audience to question themselves in relation to the work and playing with notions of surveillance and spectatorship.
“It’s such a ‘safe’ space, the gallery space. Within a gallery, we can see the most horrendous images or we can be part of anything, and it’s diluted because of the confines of the art cathedral. If I can get people to experience the rupture or interruption of their viewing, I can shake them out of that. If they’re going around in a bit of a daydream, I wonder if there’s something I can do to prod them and draw them back, to realise that there’s something else happening that they weren’t aware of. There’s also a very accepted way of viewing work; why should there be?” Leah Capaldi in Interview with Ellen Mara de Wachter.
Leah Capaldi (b. 1985, Chertsey, UK) lives and works in London. She holds an MA in Sculpture, Royal College of Art (2010). Recent solo exhibitions and performances include: Allure, Perf4m ARTISSIMA, Turin (2014); Hung, Serpentine Gallery (2014); Hum, Art 14, London (2014); Witness Matter (with Stéphanie Saadé), VITRINE Bermondsey Street (2014); Invites, 176/ Zabludowicz Collection, London (2012); the Incubate Festival, Tilburg, Holland (2012), Parts and Labour at Camberwell Space, London (2012) and Prop at Vitrine Bermondsey Square, London (2012). Group shows include: Parts & Labour (Osan), Korea (2014); Give Me Strength in My Heart, Copenhagen Place, London (2012); David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2011); and New Contemporaries 2011.
She was a finalist for the Catlin Prize in 2011, winner of the EXPOSURE Prize 2010 at Parasol Unit and was awarded The Arts Foundation Sculpture Prize in January 2014. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, London UK (2015).