54.6 x 21.6 x 20.3 cm / 21 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 8 in
Simone Leigh’s practice is an object-based exploration of visual traditions from throughout the black diaspora, examining their interchange with constructions of black female subjectivity, radical black feminist thought, histories of resistance, and ethnographic research. Through her principal medium of ceramics, Leigh explores the attributes of beauty, utility, agency, desire, and possession.
‘I thought: ‘What better place to put a Black female figure?… Not in defiance of the space, exactly, but to have a different idea of beauty there.’—Simone Leigh
Simone Leigh’s sculpture, the inaugural High Line Plinth Commission, was first unveiled in June 2019 on New York City’s celebrated greenway. ‘Brick House’ renegotiates the politicized and frequently-erased black female body as it relates to an urban North American landscape.