photo by : Jessa Carter

                                                               photo by : Jessa Carter

Trained in fashion design and instinctually drawn to traditionally female-dominated mediums (perhaps due to her family's matrilineal tradition of hands-on expression), Ria Leigh finds inspiration and source material in ancient and modern realms: mythology, anthropology, '90s club kids, Peruvian exotica, the Internet... As she weaves these uncommon threads in ceramic, textile and paper-based forms, she is simultaneously rooted with her six-year old daughter in one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington. Her work is therefore esoteric and symbolic but also pragmatic and utilitarian. It solves real-world problems—where shall we eat and how will we stay warm—as it folds and unfolds ages-old ideas about identity, spirituality, power and being.

Ria was born in Indonesia and raised in California. She has worked as a merchant and a vendor, nomadically and digitally. Her dog is named after a Spanish surrealist, her books are arranged by jacket-cover color and her favorite YouTube videos star either Carl Sagan or Aldous Huxley—but she thinks it would be pretty cool to uncover one that features them both.

 

For any and all inquiries including: commissions, wholesale orders & press, please contact :

ria@ria-leigh.com