STATEMENT & BIO
Leah Dockrill says about her work and herself:
If I were asked about my inspiration at the root of my collage-making, I would attribute it to the late Canadian artist, Jack Shadbolt’s collage practice as reflected in his book, Act of Art (McClelland and Stewart, 1981). His bizarre collages were not my “cup of tea” exactly, but I could easily relate to his sentiments, “…with each mounting phase implications blaze…”
Each of the art mediums I have explored has its unique process, and generates different emotions. With collage, the process is all about the anticipation. Where are these pieces of paper going to take me next? So many possibilities. I liken my collage practice to my childhood love of paper dolls. So many hours were spent directing the lives of those paper people. As I create collages I am in the grip of something equally as fascinating as my paper doll universe.
I have exhibited my work in Canada and the U.S. In the past couple of years I have had two solo exhibitions of collages in Toronto. I have won numerous awards, including both the Gold Artist Award in August 2018 and the Bronze Artist Award in April 2019 from ArtAscent: Art & Literature Journal. In recent months, several art and literature reviews have published my work, both collage and painting.
I have been an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists since 2000. I live in Toronto with my husband and two extraordinary Siberian Neva Masquerade Cats.