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B. 1970, Auckland, New Zealand. Lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand.
Known for her largely project-based, site responsive, and conceptually driven practice, Maddie Leach has consistently developed new thinking in relation to social, place-based, and process-driven artwork. Her practice references a wide array of discourses including, but not limited to, conceptual art, minimal/post-minimal sculpture and relational practice.
She is recognized for investigating ideas of audience spectatorship, expectation and participation, often working with the assistance of others to realise large-scale, historically rich, public and gallery-based artwork. Leach’s work in the last decade has made a key contribution to the appearance of Relational Aesthetics practice in New Zealand through critically recognised projects such as The Ice Rink and The Lilac Ship (2002-04) and Take Me Down To Your Dance Floor (2004). Recent projects such as Signs and Wonders Shall Appear, Perigee # 11, and her forthcoming Evening Echo project in Ireland, mark a specific interest in the displacement of expectation and ‘result’. Each project sets space, time, place and audience into complex arrangements that operate beyond the gallery site. While consistently revealing an affinity with the term ‘romantic conceptualism’, Leach’s works also promote a careful and rigorous relationship to form and material.
Her work has been commissioned for Close Encounters (2010), One Day Sculpture (2008),Trans Versa (2006), and included in the group exhibitions Primary Products, Adam Art Gallery (2007), High Tide: new currents in art from Australia and New Zealand, Poland & Lithuania (2006), and Linked: connectivity and exchange, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, (2005). She held an International Artist Residency at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork City, Ireland in 2008, and will be the 2011 Taranaki Artist in Residence – an initiative of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Creative New Zealand and the Western Institute of Technology, New Plymouth.