Simone Leigh: Loophole of Retreat
I carry with me a constant feeling of guilt for not taking advantage of the vast cultural offering of New York City. I do have my favorite venues, and do see certain exhibits, but not nearly enough. This is one of the reasons why I am starting to write about my experiences here, it gives me a certain level of accountability.
This Simone Leigh exhibit has been on my radar since June. There is a stillness, balance, and sensuality in Leigh’s work that intrigued me, and I was very curious about how her pieces would affect me when I am standing face to face with them. Leigh’s starting point was Harriet Jacobs, a female slave who escaped her owner and hid for seven years in a crawl space above the ceiling of her grandmother, before escaping to the North in 1842. Combining the female form with domestic vessels, Leigh honors the work and care of women that have largely gone unnoticed.
There are strength and perseverance in these distinctly feminine works. They exude a quiet perseverance, and I wished there would have been more pieces to experience.
Interestingly I had just seen the trailer of a movie about another Harriet, Harriet Tubman, the day before: