Alma Leppla (they / them) is a queer Latine multidisciplinary 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 have served as an arts facilitator and educator, working with schools, community organizations and institutions since 2008.
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. Surrendering to Nature, one such installation, was created in the summer of 2022 while in residence with La Maison Verte Art Residency Program in Marnay-sur-Seine, France. The installation is an imagining of what it might be like to let go of control, giving authority back to nature. The panels were made on old bed linens, stained with coffee, drawn with charcoal, and printed using the Tataki Zome method. Alma used all natural materials with the intention for the works to decay. This semi-permanent installation lives at the Botanical Gardens of Marnay-sur-Seine. It was made to interact with the landscape of the garden, and will be documented overtime. The work reminds viewers that it is natural to be queer, while recognizing that there are many violent systems that make it easy to forget this.