Alicia (Leesh) Adamerovich lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
b. 1989, Latrobe, PA
2013 // B.D. Graphic Design, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
2007-08 // Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD
What inspired you to be an artist? When did you begin expressing yourself through creative avenues?
My dad was always building things and working on projects around the house when I was growing up. I used to help him cut, measure, hammer things and he taught me how to draw at a pretty young age. I remember he helped me make a large drawing of the Lion King characters for a state fair and I think I got an award for it. I’ve always spent a lot of time drawing from then on. I used to just draw lot of animals and still-life and I guess I still do in a way.
I remember starting most of my drawings with a horizon line and to this day I still impulsively cut my work in half with that damn line.
Tell us about your artistic journey: where did you receive an art education, or are you are self-taught or currently studying? Where are you from and where do you currently live and practice art?
I grew up in Latrobe PA and didn’t take any art classes in high school until my senior year. I hadn’t even decided I wanted to go to art school till then and I still wasn’t totally sure it was what I wanted. I took a few broadcasting classes in high school I thought I was going to study film. I went to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for a year, but transferred to Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a B. Design degree in Graphic Design. I worked as a designer at an ad agency for a few years after school in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Overall it was exhausting and I didn’t like the long hours or Tech/start-up environment so I moved to Brooklyn in 2015 and started focusing on my art. Now that I am making art 24/7 I find it hard to believe I wasn’t making any only a few years ago. I feel like a million bucks.
What ideas are you currently exploring in your work?
Right now I am mainly exploring object worship & environments and how these topics relate to the female form, which is often objectified. Why do we like to anthropomorphize objects and furniture? Why do we mimic human form in our surroundings, especially the female form, and what is that doing to us psychologically?
I am also concerned with the female perspective and how we look at female sexuality in society’s current gendered landscape. Sexuality natural and so much a part of our visual world, yet we continue to see the female through the eyes of the male. Therefore, allowing the male gaze to censor and control feminine expression with the influence of male preferences, female sexuality, regardless of sexual preference, is still affected by male perspective. Misogynistic actions not only suppress women, but suggest that gender is limited to male or female. I draw and paint the female nude not to objectify her, but to celebrate her in her safe space.
Which mediums do you use in your work, and what appeals to you about them?
I kinda jump all over the place. I started mainly with graphite on paper and using only grayscale. Since I was always interested in form, this was the easiest way for me to be able to achieve what was going on in my head. Now I also paint and create mixed media sculptures. My work has become very colorful, but I still like to jump back to the grayscale drawings now and then to flesh out ideas. I want to start doing more sculptural work as well, maybe some woodworking and ceramics soon.
Tell us about some of the highlights of your artistic career, such as memorable shows/exhibitions where you have exhibited or publications and blogs where your work has been featured?
Just living in NY and being around so much art everyday has been the biggest pleasure of mine as an artist. I feel so privileged to meet so many amazing people every week and to even call some of them friends. I haven’t had the chance to exhibit too much yet but thats starting to change this year. I’m very proud of a small group show I was in curated by David Linchen called ‘Foreign Lands’. David really did an amazing job with the curation and we had a great turnout.
I also just released a zine with Nieves Books in Zurich called ‘Stool Sample.’ This uncanny furniture study was the foundation work for a lot of the larger works I am creating now.
What’s next for you? Feel free to share any of your future plans such as exhibitions, travels, residencies, collaborations or any other interesting information relating to your art career.
Right now, I am in the early stages of curating my first show! The show is going to include 5-7 artists and will probably take place in late July, 2018. Curation is something I’m very interested in so I’m excited to finally get my feet wet. I have another group show with NYC Crit Club this summer as well, but the dates and location are still TBD.
Other than that and my current practice, I am working on some collaborative pots with a ceramics company in Greenpoint, Brooklyn called Group Partner.
Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
Of course, there are always so many inspiring artists out there. Right now off the top of my head I have been really into the work of Clayton Schiff, Alison Kudlow, Loie Hollowell, Douglas Rieger, Inka Essenhigh and Domenico Gnoli.
Can you share any fun facts about you or something that you like to do apart from making art?
I have a huge weakness for disco & 80s RnB music and one of the most interesting things I learned from working in advertising was that you can live in a hotel for 3 months.
Interview by Olha Pryymak for ArtMaze Magazine.