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CBS People: Kit Leffler

Art and science converge (and collage) for this CBS staff member.

What is your title?

Principal Office and Administrative Specialist

Where do you work?

Microbial & Plant Genomics Institute and the Center for Genome Engineering

How long have you been at the U?

A year and a half.

Describe something interesting or unusual about your work here?

When I have time alongside my other administrative duties, I assist with visuals and figures for the labs in my building. The Voytas lab just had a cover image that I assisted with accepted to The Plant Cell for an article they submitted for publication. It is very exciting for me to be involved with this process as it brings all of my skills and interests together.

You're also an artist, can you tell us a little bit about your work?

I completed my MFA in Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland in 2011.In my work, I question the natural and artificial through appropriation, alteration and manipulation of digital images, recalling the worlds of advertising and science fiction. I consider authenticity and the absorption of “truth” in contemporary culture.

I primarily create collage-work through a digital, screenprint, or lithographic process. Recently, though, I have been getting back into representational drawing through my drawing club, the Minneapolis Plein Air Coterie.

What you're currently working on?

I am currently working on a show which opens at the Nomad World Pub in Cedar/Riverside on May 8. It’s an unconventional location, and I’m excited to try my hand at a digital mural for the space. The works I’m creating are printed collages of cairn structures. The cairns are made-up of “superbrand” imagery and serve as a kind of totem for our 21st century deities. You can see some of my work on my website.

Want to see more of Kit's work?

Visit her website kitleffler.com.