Virtual Tour available March 9
Public Reception: Friday, March 3, 6 – 8 pm, indoors and masks required
Main Gallery

What is your first memory of water?

Courtney M. Leonard’s BREACH installation series is an annual visual logbook that explores and documents environmental impact and disparate human consequences of the relationship with water through the many definitions of the word, BREACH. In BREACH: LOGBOOK 23 | CARRIER, Leonard asks, “What is your first memory of water?” and explores the human relationship with vessels or carriers while also being vessels or carriers. She endeavors to offer the culturally and historically significant stories surrounding Minnesota’s waterways and their layers of meaning to local Indigenous communities. 

Leonard, a newer and still learning, Minnesota resident, honors the practice of connection in a new Indigenous community and the humility and respect necessary to build trust. The stories of river/water relationships illuminated through her work in BREACH spring from observation and research, but also incorporate the contributions of many and require collaboration and assent.

In the main gallery, the logbook presented springs from pipes—clay pipes—as carriers of water and as carriers of a region from a time of harmony between the earth and people to one of “progress” and damage lasting for generations. Her work embraces the culture of atmospheric firing, specifically soda firing, and finds connections between salt- and soda-fired pipes and the single-fired pipes created during the introduction of infrastructure in Minnesota. Leonard’s observations are shared through clay, sound, and projection and include the voices of Minnesota Indigenous artists and storytellers. 

BREACH will also feature the work of Sequoia Hauck. Hauck is a queer multidisciplinary artist in the Twin Cities focused on creating theater, film, poetry, and performance art that decolonizes the process of art-making. They have seen first hand how art has the ability to inspire, connect, and build a sense of community. They make art surrounding the narratives of continuation and resiliency among their communities. 

About the Artist

Courtney M. Leonard is a Shinnecock artist and filmmaker whose work explores marine biology, Indigenous food sovereignty, migration, and human environmental impact. Leonard’s current projects articulate the multiple definitions of the term breach and investigate and document Indigenous communities’ historical ties to water, marine life, and native cultures of subsistence. 

Leonard earned several degrees and certificates including an associate of fine arts from Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) in 2000, a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics (Alfred University, NY) in 2002, certificates of teaching from the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University (Providence, RI) in 2007, and an MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design (Providence) in 2008. She has received numerous awards, residencies, and fellowships, and her work is part of over 20 permanent collections, including American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA), Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA), Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (Santa Fe, NM), Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum (Southampton, NY), and Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (New York).

Join us for a public reception: Friday, March 3, 6 – 8 pm, indoors and masks required

Join us in person for a tour of NCC’s exhibitions BREACH: LOGBOOK 23 | CARRIER and CARRIERS | COMMUNITY.

23AAH6: Thursday, March 16, 6 pm, FREE

Artist/Curator Talk: Courtney M. Leonard
Join BREACH: LOGBOOK 23 | CARRIER and CARRIERS | COMMUNITY artist/curator Courtney M. Leonard for an in-person talk about her work and progress.

This free event will take place in the exhibition space at a date to be determined.

Public Vessel-Making Workshop
CARRIERS | COMMUNITY will feature vessels created by community members as an offering. With Leonard as our guide, you will explore multilayered conversations about local water practices and awareness. Your work in clay will culminate with the creation of vessels and other clay objects which will be part of CARRIERS.

This free event will take place in the studios at Northern Clay Center at a date to be determined. Please check our website for updates.

Virtual Tour