Eliza Leighton

Eliza Leighton is a visual artist, performer, and Clown based in West Philadelphia. Her recent obsessions include: housewives, metal hardware, and the color red.

In addition to studying at Headlong, she has also studied Pachinko Clown technique with Donna Oblongata. Her current work is primarily installation-based. She occupies entire spaces with color, texture, objects that can be touched and objects for which touch is forbidden. Often, she uses her own body or the bodies of others as a material. She is interested in the tension of holding seemingly opposite ideas within the same space: niceness and violence, touch as pleasure and touch as invasion. She focuses on themes of intimacy and violence, femininity, and racial identity. Eliza Leighton was born in South Florida.