sophieleininger
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. With similar intentions for emotional impact, Leininger’s installation and design work offers audiences objects that invite personal infinity through physical interaction.

Wishing to convey implied traces of human touch, Leininger’s subjects include landscapes at the mercy of natural and/or human disaster, as well as dream-like environments for the viewer to imagine them self inside. Endless skies, transcendent atmospheres, 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 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.

Lastly, Leininger’s retail endeavor, Magic Carpet Yoga Mats, elevates daily experience into a consideration of aesthetics and space. The venture is a conceptual thrill, as Leininger’s painted renderings of textile patterns, printed onto yoga mats, become the physical vehicle for users seeking higher ground in yoga practice. Similarly, none of Leininger’s works are complete without the participant, whose quest for infinity and interaction with these wares brings their intention to fruition.