Hot Iron Press Artists
Sculptor Jenny LeBlanc builds instruments that serve in the marriage of performance to the processes of printmaking. She engages these objects through performances specific to their form, which simultaneously result in and create sculptural remnants of each performative printmaking process. The work produced thusly chronicles the marks that happen when she encounters and interacts with a space or object over time. Whether on paper and canvas, or on treaded ground, every motion makes marks. Marks can prove existences and give influence. Marks offer clues about the past. LeBlanc’s work investigates how marks crafted tell a story, trails generated show a path, traces left have a history, and lines created reflect a time. The marks created in these performances document her experience. Her work often involves the practices of printed media such as text, multiples or editions, silkscreen, and letterpress. She is interested in the symptoms that manifest from repeated interactions with multiples, such as the accumulation of familiarity with the work (perceived as personality), the sense of drudgery associated with repetitive tasks, obsessive labor, and the fertile conversation of drifting thoughts allowed during the production of multiples. Her printmaking instruments usually take the form of common objects that people very ordinarily encounter.