Leo Duff

About Leo

Hangzhou, December 2014

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Leo Duff’s current project examines the heritage of Montenegro by looking at the changing population of the past and present through textile and ceramic objects and clothing, domestic and personal, in use and held in museum collections. Work on this is taking place at UCA Farnham, where she is an Artist in Residence 2014-2015 and 2017-2018.

Leo Duff works as a maker of drawn images to do with A Sense of Place.

Heritage, history and investigation of place and object have developed from interpretations of the built environment. Urban, rural, coastal landscapes and the environments of various forms of architecture from the vernacular to the grandiose, from pre-history to the most contemporary constructions have taken her over the world on commissioned work and to develop themes for exhibition in the UK, Ireland, Portugal, USA, Korea, China and Taiwan. She is co-director of art+archaeology and has been on four residencies to do with the Stonehenge Riverside Project on excavations and at Salisbury Museum. More recently a residency at China Women’s University looked at plastic objects in the domestic environment.

Her association with the tradition of British Illustration led to involvement with many educational establishments, her academic career developing alongside her interest in drawing. Her leadership and innovation in the arena of Drawing Research, pedagogy and practice in a broad range of disciplines holds an international footing with engagements in East Asia, Middle East, India as well as closer to home. In recent years Leo Duff’s academic expertise on global aspects of Art and Design higher education has also influenced her work, with subjects inspired by observations made on visits to Korea, Taiwan and particularly China. Media and process are always under scrutiny in Leo Duff’s work, materials recently integrated include chalk, flint and industrial spray paints.