MARK LEAHY is a writer, artist, teacher, and project manager operating among textual practices, performance, and live and installed arts. He works with the body as sensing and as affected, using language, models of perception, and objects of everyday use. Including spoken word, task-based actions, and song his performances address the male body as desired and as desiring, and the body as a site of inscription by others and by oneself. His textual practice utilizes constraints, structuring rules, and operates to cross or question category and genre divisions.
Recent performance and live work includes ‘muster page habit’ PW12, Arnolfini, Bristol, May 2102), ‘Hand in Glove’ at Tempting Failure (]performance space[, London, Mar 2012); ‘Voice Recognition’ at Chapter and Verse Festival (Bluecoat, Liverpool, Oct 2011) and at BLOP12 (Arnolfini, Bristol, Feb 2012); and a reading at POLYply15: Colour (London, Jan 2012).
He has written texts to accompany work by other artists, including Teresa Grimaldi’s The Vacated Works (Isle of Wight, 2009), Katy Connor’s Pure Flow (Exeter, 2009), ‘Aftermath’ for Deirdre Power’s project Brokenland (Limerick, Summer 2011), and ‘With Particular Attention: Martha Winter’s material occurrences’ commissioned by Market Project (Apr 2012).
‘Swatches’, a poetry sequence was published by Acts of Language (Dec 2009), and texts have appeared in UK and US journals, and online including ‘Guaranteed Insurance’ for Mocksim’s Yearly Print series. ‘After Durer after Mantegna’, an emblem combining text and image, was installed in the Window Work series at DXDX Studios, Plymouth (Aug 2011). Curated projects include ‘Public Pages’ for the conference Poetry and Public Language (University of Plymouth, 2007).
In preparation for the time at Plymouth College of Arts I will research the history / tradition of the emblem in literature, art, and publishing. I will begin to develop ideas for a sequence of drawings with short texts. At PCA these will then be digitally scanned and the digital images used as the basis for machine embroidery on white shirts, and for a set of photo etchings. I would use the first block of time to make the embroideries, and then use these as the basis for parts of the print work. The working title for the project is Toward an Emblem Book.