Kristin Leachman, Xylem 12, 2016, oil on canvas on panel, 60 x 80 x 2 inches


What's It All About?

Join Marinta Skupin, Laguna Art Museum’s curator of education, for a virtual talk with Los Angeles-based artist Kristin Leachman, whose painting Xylem 12 is featured in the current exhibition of works from the museum’s permanent collection.

In 2016, Leachman’s exhibition at Laguna Art Museum, Xylem Rays, consisted of paintings that explore patterning and symbolism in the xylem, the tissue that transports water from the roots of trees up to the leaves.


About the Artist

Kristin Leachman

Kristin Leachman’s paintings are noted for repositioning abstraction, figuration and geometry, making seamless connections between the subliminal and sublime. Her current project, Fifty Forests, explores both pattern and symbolism in the growth formations of trees throughout America’s fifty states. Born in Washington, D.C. in 1966, Leachman spent her early years in rural Virginia and now lives in Los Angeles, California. She earned a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island in 1988 and an MFA in Production Design from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles in 1991. Leachman designed Senzeni Na? (What Have We Done?), Academy Award nominee for Best Live Action Short Film in 1990, and her paintings have been exhibited in one person exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (2008) and Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California (2016), and will be presented at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia in 2022. An oral history interview with Leachman is included in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C.

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