Leah Renee Gregoire

individual, ENTITY.2179
Life Dates:
b. 1972
Nationality:
American
Artist Biography:
I have used sensible images in this body of work to communicate the idea of a miraculous experience and in doing so point toward a moment of revelation. It is a feature of our minds that we need sensible images in order to construct ideas. We come to knowledge through our five senses and the experience of a miracle fulfills this prerequisite. Because of the images that we sense in the world, the world and its signs can lead us to the awareness of its Maker. "Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what He has made." (Romans 1:20). This has been referred to as the charter of natural theology: natural theology being such knowledge of God as humans can realize in using their natural powers of knowing. Belief in miracles can be formed in very much the same way, through both sensing and knowing. Simply, this body of work seeks to serve as an intermediary and secondary source in order to direct ones capacity beyond the senses to gain knowledge of divine possibilities. (excerpt from artist statement on file) I have been a professional in the visual arts for the past sixteen years, creating images using both drawing on glass and printmaking. My artwork can be found throughout the United States in solo and group exhibitions. The figure and a Catholic Christian view are common threads in each series I pursue. I have taught at the college level as an adjunct instructor and lecture at a variety of institutions. I am a wife to Michael Prucka and mother to Adam. The bodies of artwork which I create explore the Christian relationship to our modern world. The images in the Miracle Series are influenced from miraculous signs and wonders found throughout history. "Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what He has made" (Romans 1:20). Belief in miracles can be found both in sensing and gaining knowledge of divine possibilities. The Garden Series images shine forth the existence of God in the whole of the created world. Creation has joyful and redemptive aspects. This cycle for growth, nurturing, fruitfulness, death and new life is one that we experience daily through nature. It also has a parallel narrative within the Bible as God chose "the garden" to be the setting for very pivotal events in our Christian history. The Ladder Series explores the relationship between suffering and grace. They are relevant in our lives by mere presence, and it is through the sign of love that they can be recognized. Suffering is synonymous with love, for when one loves another, they consent to suffer through and for that person. This love is visually depicted in the metaphor of the cross, where in agony one can hope to discover the existence of divine love.