Alma Leppla is a queer Latinx artist and educator whose work seeks to build community through the exploration of intersectional identities. Leppla received a Masters of Arts in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art. They have shown work nationally and internationally through solo exhibitions, group shows, and artist residencies.
They explore concepts of code switching and the co-construction of identity based on perception. Their work uses drawing and painting techniques as a way to engage in this dialogue, allowing each mark to inform the next. Alma’s work ranges from intimate works on paper to large-scale art installations. Como una Casa, one such installation, was created for SOMArts as an altar for the 2019 Día de los Muertos exhibition in the theme of “City of Souls”. Through this project they attempted to design a space that reimagines home for the queer Latinx community. The installation was an interior family room, an inspired replica of their Abuela Lola’s family room from her childhood. Throughout the run of the show the walls were slowly covered with hand-drawn portraits. Many of the portraits were made while they sat with participants at the opening of the show, some scheduled time with the artist through the run of the show, and the remaining few frames got filled during the closing reception.