I often feel I exist in the margin. As I navigate tension between the poetic motivation behind my work and larger concerns I have for the climate and urban life, I reconsider how these lines are drawn across space. Each of my works originate from a desire to create spaces of contemplation that bring people into closer contact with the environment. In my studio work of noting and drawing, photographing and tracing, the body is the mediator between thought and intimacy with space. I am guided by the idea that living beings produce the spaces in which they live, and in turn are shaped by these spaces. I create works that explore how a shift in perception can generate a different understanding of our relationship to land.
Themes of connection, journey and exchange in my work are always about finding ways to restore broken histories. I focus on human stories and bringing relationships with water, light and time into greater focus. Through my work with the body I build on artists Ana Mendieta and Anna Halprin who explore relationships between the body, earth and movement to choreograph space. Attention to the moment, the entredeux (Cixous), is the substance through which I enter into performance and the phenomenological.
Breath and body, ritual and narrative recur in my work and are rooted in my family history. Cycles of time, horizons, movement and light build upon this history and are frames through which I work with space. A sense of intimacy and contact with the elements – air, water, earth – surface from stories passed down through generations. They are about a poetic embodiment of the land. I have found my way to my work with the environment through this history.
Lesia Mokrycke is a multi-disciplinary landscape artist. Through the lens of traditional and new media, Lesia's work explores 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 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.