Grant MacEwan University
Leslie Sharpe is Chair of Fine Art at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. She was an Associate Professor of Digital Art at Indiana University Bloomington, and a Faculty Fellow at University of California, San Diego.
Her research centres around space and place, working primarily in installation, sound art, and in locative or mobile media projects. Previous works used participatory practice, narrative and genre (from crime stories to ghost stories) to explore questions about subjectivity and embodiment. In her recent work, Sharpe records her own movements through remote locations via GPS and SPOT locators and create casts of elements on site, combining these with historical material and telemetric data from radio-collared animals in the North. The results are drawings, sculpture, paintings, installation, performance, and locative projects that address memory, history and place, and climate change. She is current working on: Northern Crossings, a sculpture-sound-video installation using content gathered from the Canadian North, both in Northern Alberta where she spent her youth as well material from her travels in the Canadian Arctic; a video and sculpture work titled “Speculations at the Remote,” and “Fever,” a locative walk using sound and wearable art for several locations of Marconi’s first transatlantic wireless transfers in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Cape Cod, and Poldhu, UK.
Sharpe has been an artist in residence at P.S. 1 Museum/Institute for Contemporary Art in New York, The Banff Centre in Canada, Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, and most recently in the Artists in the Park Program at Ivvavik National Park in the Canadian Arctic. Her work has been exhibited at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Dallas Contemporary, the Observatori Festival in Valencia, Spain, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland, in New York at P.S. 1 Insitute of Contemporary Art, Exit Art, The New Museum, Artists Space, and Franklin Furnace, at the Center for New Art in Pontiac, Michigan, The Center for Art and Visual Culture in Baltimore, as well as other venues in the USA, Canada and Europe.
Sharpe is a contributor to the special issue on Locative Media published by Leonardo Electronic Almanac/MIT Press, edited by Drew Hemment, and is featured in the books: “Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves,” edited by Galen Joseph-Hunter, with Penny Duff and Maria Papadomanolaki, PAJ Publications (2011), and “Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles,” edited by Jane Marsching and Andrea Polli, Intellect Books (2011).