Michelle Korte Leccia

Interdisciplinary Artist & Educator

Artist Statement

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A fascination with the ways in which ecology, industry and ceremony intersect defines my investigation into the role of human as animal, consumer, and healer. I use collage, sculpture, installation and performance to recover and analyze materials from cultural landscapes within the greater context of nature’s hierarchy. My creations are often patterns and layers of manufactured objects combined with biological materials, sometimes suggesting absurdity; other times offering communion or remediation. Within my process the gathering and transporting of constituent elements for the installations are ritualized action. My body becomes an intersection of overlapping systems as I interact with specific environments. Often there is a tension of beauty and pain in an archetypal humanness that accumulates, memorializes, tires out, and leaves traces behind. My artistic methods of instinct, innovation, and intuition become refined as I dig deeper into that tension.


Korte Leccia is a recent graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media program from Columbia College Chicago. She holds an MA in Art and Social Change from Naropa University and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the Laguna College of Art and Design. She was born in 1977 in Brunssum, the Netherlands and currently resides in Evanston, IL.