Maddie Leach is an artist from New Zealand of Ashkenazi, English, and Scottish descent. She now lives in Lund, Sweden.

Her sculptural projects include building an ice rink in a public gallery and a 17-foot sailboat for the roof of New Zealand’s national museum. She has shipped a Eucalyptus tree across the Pacific Ocean from New Zealand to Chile, and back again; delivered 325 litres of water from the Te Waihou ‘Blue Spring' to Jakarta, where it vanished; and coaxed a community of writers, businessmen, council officials and a newspaper editor to imagine a ‘whale' made from 70 litres of used mineral oil and one-tonne of cement. In 2017 she produced The Grief Prophesy album, working with two Swedish musicians and visual artist ’Necrolord’ to reinterpret an unremarkable black metal track into a powerful lament.

Her work is recognised for its conceptual agility as elements of uncertainty and risk emerge in her process, and for the varied material resolution of her artworks – having fabricated objects or had them fabricated for her, used text and print media, worked with video, performative actions, and processes of exchange.

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Maddie has worked with international curators Claire Doherty, Charles Esche, Hou Hanru, Nav Haq and Mercedes Vicente; Australian-based curators David Cross, Blair French, and Zara Stanhope; and with New Zealand curators Christina Barton, Natasha Conland, Abby Cunnane, Charlotte Huddleston, and Bruce Phillips. She has been an artist in residence with Serlachius Museums (2019, Mänttä, Finland); CAG Field House Programme (2015, 2016, 2018, Vancouver, Canada); International Art Space (2014, Western Australia); Spike Island (2014, Bristol, UK) and Hyde Park Art Center (2008, 2010, Chicago, USA) and National Sculpture Factory (2008, Cork, Ireland).

She is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at HDK–Valand Academy of Art & Design at the University of Gothenburg.

Maddie Leach's former website can be accessed at archived.maddieleach.net