The Heroine’s Journey of Leigh Salgado

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I love that my hand-cut and painted works have a sensibility that is traditionally associated with the feminine. I love that I can do whatever I want in my work and that I’m free to make art that is as girly, decorative, edgy, sexy and frilly as I want. I love that, in this part of my life, I can exercise my freedom and not worry about expectations, supposedtos, or about rules other than the ones I make for myself.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Feeling that I’m doing what I am supposed to be doing.

What is my greatest fear?

Dying without a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Obsessing over things that sap my energy.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Lee Bontecou, Vija Celmins, Lynn Foulkes, Kerry James Marshall, Judy Chicago

What is my greatest extravagance?

I would rather eat in a restaurant than cook my own food.

On what occasion would I lie?

I’m a lousy liar, so it’s difficult for me to get away with lies for any occasion.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

It takes me so long to complete it.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

The first time I really felt that I had come into my own with my personal interests and style was at an exhibition I had at the Patricia Correia Gallery in 2007. Another time was an exhibition of work I was really proud of that I had at LAUNCH LA in 2015 that was truly magical. BUT the best is yet to come.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would ruminate less.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

My work is my own – it has evolved out of my own personal experience and practice.

Where would I most like to live?

Los Angeles half time and New York City the other half.

What is my most treasured possession?

My wedding ring

What is my most marked characteristic?

My laugh – it comes in handy when all I want to do is cry or to express delight in everyone and everything.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

LA Fashion District

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Traxx at Union Station for dinner and Pacific Dining Car for breakfast.

What books influenced my life and how? Who are my favorite writers?

During my early womanhood, Anais Nin’s dairies were influential because they opened up the artistic world to me. Books about artists like Alice Neel and Jay DeFeo. Books by artists such as:

Agnes Martin: Writings.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen or

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

As a young girl, I wanted to be Nancy Drew.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

The late artist, Jay DeFeo, who made the epic art work, The Rose. St Francis of Assisi and St Clare. Living heroines are Diana Nyad and Ruth Ginsburg.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Wings of Desire

What role plays art in my life and work?

My whole life centers around art and anything that isn’t directly related to art serves my ability to make art.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My husband, Mat Gleason

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?

Individuals who want to include my work in interesting exhibitions

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018?

Lezley Saar

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?

I am currently making work for a group show and solo show that open in 2019

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

One does what they love until they leave the planet.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Lezley Saar. I have lots of artist friends on FB that have a story to tell.

How can you contact me?


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