ART | LANDSCAPE
Lesia Mokrycke is a multi-disciplinary landscape artist. Through the lens of traditional and new media, Lesia's work bridges landscape architecture and art to explore relationships between people, culture and place. Her work employs time and movement as elements that knit social, political, and environmental aspects of a place together. Lesia’s approach often utilizes phenomena such as sound, light, and water to engage with cultural experiences that underscore issues of identity.
Lesia works with the language of the built environment — the spaces and forms we encounter in the world — to create spaces that allow for unexpected encounter and intimacy. Underlying her work is an understanding that the form of a space influences the type of interactions people have with one another. While employing elements of the landscape, she mediates boundaries and edges in the urban environment to draw attention to meaning embedded in public space.
Lesia holds a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she studied art history and comparative literature and was formally trained in drawing, painting, and sculpture. At the Academy, she was the recipient of the Sylvia G. Wexler Memorial Award, the Rambourger Prize, the Lance Roy Lauffer Memorial Prize, and the Scheidt Travel Scholarship.
She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and a recipient of the Albert F. Schenck-Henry Gillette Woodman Award for landscape design. Lesia is recently the recipient of the Christopher Lyon Memorial Scholarship.
Lesia has worked with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Landscape Architects in Seattle, Hapa Collaborative as an artist and landscape designer in Vancouver, and Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten in Zürich, Switzerland. She is currently completing her dual MFA/MLA at the University of Pennsylvania and working concurrently with OMC Landscape Architecture in Hamilton, ON.