My installations and sculptures combine found objects and meticulously hand-sculpted works to create an altered reality. Conventional functions and pre-existing notions of our experiences with familiar objects are transposed. Many of my sculptures depict human body parts, or the imprint of the body engaging with common materials and objects that relate to domesticity and labor. Some works are freeze frames of actions occurring, while other works produce an echoing absence of a person who once occupied the space. Presenting the viewer with a paradox of objects and action or inaction unsettles emotions and thoughts that in the pursuit of “progress” are often suppressed. Creating ground for an active dialogue between the past and present state of mind, they are glimpses into the psyche, an ambiguous narrative of my life experience. They are simultaneously past and present, where “normal” objects are twisted by contradiction in a dream like nostalgic haze of the remembrance of a feeling.
— Tirzah Legg
Tirzah Legg is a sculptor working in ceramics and mixed media. She was born and raised in Saucier, Mississippi a small town near the Gulf Coast. After receiving her Associate of Art from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, she went on to obtain her BFA in Sculpture at the University of Southern Mississippi. Tirzah is currently an MFA Candidate at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio where she works as Assistant to the Director of the KSU School of Art Collection & Galleries.