Language is omnipresent in Léonard-Contant’s work: clearcut and implied, present and absent, as much felt as it is seen. It is palpable even when her work wanders on the verge of comprehensibility, as she navigates the nonverbal, meticulously articulating shapes and surfaces, textures and space.
Naming and describing – ferns, gestures, mental constructs, territories, memories, hills – fosters intimacy with things, both paying tribute to them and bidding them farewell. Writing summons families of objects while simultaneously preventing some of their manifestations. Carefully chosen materials – bamboo, sand, punctuation marks, silk, fonts, insulating film – build a syntax through which meaning ferments and narratives unfold.