About

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 was a founding staff member of The School of Art / Whiti o Rehua at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand (2000-2015) and is now Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at HDK–Valand Academy of Art & Design at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


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