Leslie Sharpe’s thematic focus for her multimodal art practice includes feminist issues, themes related to animals, landscape and climate change, and histories of technology related to place and identity. Sharpe has been an artist-in-residence at Ivvavik National Park (Yukon, Canada), The Banff Centre, (Alberta, Canada), PS1 National Studio Program (New York), and Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY). She has exhibited and presented her work internationally in Canada, Columbia, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and USA, as well as in online/live streaming digital formats.
Sharpe’s publications include writings in Interrogating the Anthropocene (Palgrave, 2018), Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles (Intellect Press, 2012), Textile Messages: Dispatches from the World of E-Textiles and Education (Peter Lang, 2013), Leonardo, Vol 51/3 (MIT Press, 2018), and Leonardo Online Special Issue on Locative Media (MIT press, 2005).
Leslie Sharpe lived, taught and exhibited her work in the USA for over 20 years before moving back to Canada in 2011 to Chair the Fine Art program at MacEwan University in Alberta, where she is an Associate Professor. She previously taught art at Pratt Institute, New York (adjunct lecturer), University of California, San Diego (Faculty Fellow), and Indiana University, Bloomington (Associate Professor). Sharpe has taught in the areas of site-specific practice, art and climate change, locative media, intermedia, digital art, relational art, installation and drawing. In her “Landmarks 2017” course, students explored issues around colonial and indigenous histories of place, culminating in performative drawing, drawing and installation in outdoor works at Elk Island National Park, the Works festival, as well as on a national website for Landmarks.
Sharpe is currently on sabbatical until June 2019