My work explores ephemeral memory, collective experiences, and secret histories. The materials I use 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. 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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