Leah Corbett is a visual artist from Tipperary currently living and working in Cork. She is a recent graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design where she was awarded the CIT Arts Fest Prize and the Backwater Artist Group Ciaran Langford Memorial Bursary. Selected exhibitions include: TWEETBOX, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China; Breaking Sensation, Hive Emerging Gallery, Waterford and CAMAC Student Award Exhibition, Dominion Theatre, London.
As well as pursuing her individual practice, she also works collaboratively with artist Rachel Mankze. Recent collaborative projects include: The Banquet, Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford and interactive installation Partyzeit, Former Government Buildings, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork.
Taking a multidisciplinary approach, her work takes the form of installation, print, wearable sculpture, live art and video. An interest in play is central to the work which is informed by Huizinga’s theories on the play-element in culture and draws on this idea that play is removed from ordinary life. ‘Play is a stepping out of “real” life into a temporary sphere of activity with a disposition all of its own’.
The participation of the audience is central to the work. By creating playful, immersive installations, the artist hopes to transport the viewer into this contrived reality. Situations are constructed in which participants take part in games and events which facilitate interaction with each other. Social engagement is an important consequence of the work. Ultimately control is relinquished to the participants who complete the work.