Pierre Leichner: Grassroots Worker 1
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Pierre Leichner is an interdisciplinary research artist with an engaged/participatory art practice. After completing his Masters in Fine Arts studies in 2011, he stopped his work as an academic psychiatrist and has since been engaged in several community projects. As an artist, Pierre works to reaffirm the value of art in health.
Pierre Leichner sculpts with living grass. Over the period of four months in 2011, he created the portraits of eight individuals who were recognized for their grassroots contribution to Vancouver’s Eastside community.
Each portrait took three weeks to make, and began with making a mould from the person’s face, then seeding the wheatgrass and tending it as it grows. The faces must be grown so that the roots will be dense enough when placed on display. Once completed, each face was exhibited in the Britannia Community Centre within a Plexiglas case, where the grass gradually dried out and died before being replaced with another face.
“The roots of the plants became the sculptural forms, the means of expression,” explains Pierre. “In this way nature imitated us in celebrating our community at this time of great ecological concern. We all need roots. We have them within our body, with our family, community and spiritually with our planet and the cosmos.”
This limited-edition art print is made using archival inks on premium lustre photographic paper, and includes a certificate of authenticity. The listed dimensions are for the final paper size, and include a 1/2 inch margin for framing.