Sophie Leininger addresses the personal indirectly so viewers may relate to their own emotions more intimately. Her drawings, paintings, and sculpture explore sentiments of control, destruction, loss, and devastation, yet figures are rarely present, giving a ghostly quality to the evidence left behind.
Wishing to convey implied traces of human touch, her subjects include landscapes at the mercy of natural and human disaster. Sites of deforestation, decay, and fire are of particular appeal for the dramatically impossible scenarios they conjure. Since 2012, Leininger has worked with artist Faye Kendall as the collaborative duo The Dog and The Wolf. The two make temporary, physical, and circular site-specific installations that, wonderfully, have no purpose other than to indicate a place of action, consideration, and sanctuary. Using only materials found on site, the work illustrates artists ingenuity, the psychology of artistic practice, and the importance of containment.
Leininger works in two and three dimensional mediums, as well as performance, to thoroughly explore her concepts of interest.