Paul Leathers


Metalsmith / Artiste du métal, Sculptor / Sculpteur
Alberta / Alberta

I am interested in the ancient Chinese interdisciplinary concept of 自然之势 (zìrán zhī shì) or the natural tendency of a material/situation. In my studio work I deal with strategies of display and attraction, inventing evocative forms that use materiality and light to both entice and locate the viewer. Conceptual plans, often generated out of the investigation and application of non-Albertian visual systems, explore the objective relationship between viewer, viewed and viewpoint. My artworks both reveal and subvert the primacy of the gaze while engaging the viewer as an active participant: the lure of the object.

Royal Canadian Academy of Arts