Leahlani Johnson (b. 1978, Sydney, Australia) is a Sydney based artist whose current practice explores the paradoxical nature of time. Working across the disciplines of ceramics, painting, installation, floristry, performance and the moving image. Leahlani’s work employs disparate materials to reveal opposing durational qualities of stillness, temporality and flux.
Divergent concepts of time are further examined through the process of making the work and in the final form an exhibition may take, with labor intensive and site-specific interventions lasting only briefly and exhibition lengths becoming extended or condensed in size.
Since 2009 Johnson has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand and France. From 2012 – 2014 Johnson undertook a residency at Parramatta Artist Studios, Sydney. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts (by Research) at University of New South Wales, Sydney (2015) and a residency at the Moya Dyring Studio, Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris, with the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2015). In 2016 Johnson worked alongside Astronomer Jordan Collier, as part of the House of Wonder studios project at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Sydney.
Recent solo exhibitions and projects include the inaugural ReadingRoom Library Arrangement, a site-specific installation, ReadingRoom Library, Melbourne (2018), The Art of Flowers, a site-specific installation, Cement Fondu (Project Space), Sydney (2018), However late it may seem, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba (2017), The certainty of this, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney (2015).
Her first solo exhibition with ReadingRoom, will be presented at the gallery in 2020.