Leah Yerpe 1

Who Am I ?


An Introduction to LEAH YERPE

April 2011

1: Who am I?

Continually developing.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

Drawings and paintings, mostly. Exploring ideas that intrigue, frustrate, and excite me. Working on sheets of paper as big as my wall space. Seeking a studio with bigger walls.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I moved to Brooklyn from a very rural area of New York State where I grew up. Not sure where I’ll go when I’m done with NYC, maybe overseas.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

People whose aspirations extend beyond themselves and who work hard to realize their purpose, even when they can’t.  Especially when they can’t and they do anyway.

5: What book is your bible?

Books are like crack. A few with a profound impact have been A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Sea, The Virgin Suicides, Sometimes a Great Notion, Lolita, and The Saints of Modern Art.

6: What are some things you love?  And some things you hate?

Love: exploring, making things, biology, food, creativity, the human body.

Hate: willful ignorance, false flattery, fundamentalism, bigotry.

7: What is your raison d’être?

As a kid, I would slip out of the house after midnight to trudge through the woods in winter.  I’d lie in the snow and listen to the silence of cold and snow melting under my body.  If I ever make a single thing as significant as that, I could go ahead and die.

8: What is your favorite color?

Green eyes.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

Renee Montoya.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

Tiny, amazing ethnic restaurants in Queens that only the locals know about.

11: What turns you on?

Passion combined with sharp intellect and attention to detail.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

Q: What do you see when you look at your reflection in an upside-down spoon?

In her work, Leah Yerpe recontextualizes the human figure in highly choreographed drawings and paintings.  She believes the best art is an exploration of contradictions and raw emotion, and a desperate need to communicate something intangible.

Born in 1985 and raised a backwoods savage, she graduated from Pratt Institute with an MFA in painting.  At this moment Leah is busy in her Brooklyn studio making new work for upcoming shows.


Leah Yerpe’s Website

Overseen by Jillian Mercado

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography by Jonathan Auch / Courtesy of Leah Yerpe

Design by Jillian Mercado


Leah Yerpe, New York, 2010, Photography by Jonathan Auch / Courtesy of Leah Yerpe

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