Painted Hooves


  1. Abby Flanagan
  2. Alex Boeschenstein
  3. Alexandre Pépin
  4. Andrew Skoda
  5. Anna Teiche
  6. Anthony Rundblade
  7. Ariel Wood
  8. Austin Swearengin
  9. Bee Gray
  10. Brendan Shea
  11. Emma Rossoff
  12. Helen Jones
  13. Jesus Trevino
  14. Joy Scanlon
  15. Kerry Maguire
  16. Leah Shirley
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︎Painted Hooves
Many horse owners paint their equine hooves before a big show. There is some debate about what shows require this amount of care (regionals or just nationals) and which polishes are best (clear Ultra Hoof Polish or Twinkle Toes). Still, this act of preparation resonates with the absurdity and anticipation involved in a large group exhibition.

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Leah Shirley’s embodied research is guided by a desire to find her reflection beyond the mirror. She delights in timeline jumping — combining techniques of the ancient past such as mosaic, with the contemporary via digital video, revealing connections that disrupt the linear. Embracing technologies like ritual and astrology through sculptural installations grounded in processes of accretion and transformation of materials, her practice is a love letter to change.

Leah Shirley (b. 1988, Austin, TX) received her BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her work explores the intersections between her embodied research in astrology, ritual and materials. She has participated in exhibitions throughout the US including Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), New Release Gallery (New York, NY), Orgy Park (Brooklyn, NY) and Genesis (Milwaukee, WI).


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