My work explores ephemeral memory and the secret histories of discarded papers and objects. The materials I use, both mundane and monumental, are marked by exchanges and interactions of unknown consequence: a decision or gesture, an emotion or undertaking, an action or moment with the potential to trigger another. They each have the power to reveal things about our past, present, and future; not just because of what they are but who we are. By altering the original form and function of these materials, I investigate how information is created, interpreted, and renewed through individuals, communities, and systems. My approach is multimodal and each series of works has its own methodology.

My collages, drawings, prints, and sculptures are a product of experimentation, repetition, limitation, and circumstance. I engage in processes of chance while composing new works, embracing chaos before constructing order through editing and research. Drawings are made blindly with my non-­‐dominant hand before being cut out and arranged. Sculptures and collages are often made from materials I have limited control over or have previously manipulated. Every work responds to both the materials and the maker, creating a collection of personal and communal experiences for the viewer to engage with.

I can be reached at: jleerva at gmail dot com


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