Her imagery in this series – “Opposites Intertwined” – comes from an impressionable time growing up during the Vietnam war, when constant images of war were broadcast on television, and the time she spent in Europe, visiting war memorial sites. In both of those circumstances, her focus was on the plight of children who were caught in the middle of the conflicts. When Leitha visited the Imperial War Museum in England, she saw “trench art” – art made from spent shell and bullet casings, and she was intrigued by the juxtaposition of creating art out of something that destroys.
Leitha received her BA in Studio Art in 1984 from San Jose State University. Prior to
graduating, she spent some time in Europe with an international community of sculptors in Pietrasanta, Italy. There, she worked for established sculptors, such as Manuel Neri from the SF Bay Area and Canadian sculptor, William McElcheran. Leitha has also worked at a few commercial art foundries, and has cast her own work at the Crucible in Oakland, CA. She has shown her work in many domestic and international exhibitions, and her sculptures are included in private and public art collections.
This exhibit continues in the Museum Room through Saturday, July 1st.