Leslie Kerby is an interdisciplinary artist and curator based in New York City. She works primarily in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and video to create thematically interlinked bodies of work. Kerby focuses on issues related to how we lead our live personally, as individuals. And to how our personal lives are variably connected to, and changed by, the broader networks, systems and communities within which we live and interact. A recent body of work has focused on the shipping container industry, examining its place in our global economy and on the re-use of containers for various market applications including housing. In addition to creating a large series of unique, monotype collages and prints—with titles that reference the identifying coding system (country code and container type) used for shipping—Kerby has created an on-going, site specific sculpture entitled The World Contained and an original video animation with sound score entitled The World Contained II. The prints and collages are created by using linoleum, vinyl and wood cut blocks as well as etched plates, printed on a traditional etching press. To activate each composition, the plates are inked and arranged while on press and are printed in up to two passes with some chine collé additions.
Leslie Kerby received a B.A. in American Studies from Randolph Macon Woman’s College. Kerby has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the country and her work is held in private collections nationally and internationally. Her work is in the permanent collections at Columbia University, New York and Arkansas State University, Arkansas. Kerby's work has been commissioned by Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts, BRIC Arts | Media both in Brooklyn and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She has been awarded residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Virginia and Auvillar, France and School of Visual Arts. Her work has also appeared at art fairs—Verge, Spring Break and AQUA Miami and has been reviewed in hyperallergic.com and Two Coats of Paint. In addition to making and exhibiting her art, Kerby also acts as a guest curator with a number of New York art venues and institutions such as Project: ARTspace. She is a member of the Creative Council at BRIC Arts | Media, and a member of the Executive Board at Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.