Leah Force

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Leah Force was born in Fort Worth and enjoyed her childhood years in Waco. After earning an MFA (Ceramics) degree from East Carolina University, she studied with a master woodworker and went on to become the manager of the wood and ceramics shops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Prior to her return to Waco, she worked for eleven years as a Visiting Lecturer at ECU’s School of Art and Design, managing the wood shop and teaching courses in foundations and Wood Design. Leah joined the Baylor Art faculty in 2008.

MFA, East Carolina University
BFA, East Carolina University

Artist Statement

I am deeply moved by the humor, beauty, and sacredness that I regularly notice in the most ordinary of contexts. My work provides a means for fully digesting these observations, and simultaneously challenges me to adequately capture and honor them. Whether I am addressing the occasional need for new curtains, or honoring the life and work of my grandmother, or quickened by the lure of flight, it is a profound privilege to express - through the work of my hands - what holds such meaning for me.

Professional Work

Helen's Bodice: February | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14
Helen's Bodice: February | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14" x 11"
Helen's Remnants: Fracture | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14
Helen's Remnants: Fracture | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14" x 11"
Helen's Skirt: Vibration | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14
Helen's Skirt: Vibration | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14" x 11"
Helen's Scraps: Broken | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14
Helen's Scraps: Broken | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14" x 11"
Helen's Remnants: Acceptance | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14
Helen's Remnants: Acceptance | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14" x 11"
Helen's Bodice: Pressure | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14
Helen's Bodice: Pressure | fabrics from the 1950's on linen, 14" x 11"