Leah Hickey is a visual artist whose primary concerns are intimacy, voyeurism, sex as self-harm, heartbreak and the role of Woman as caregiver, and is informed by filmic and pictorial pornography.
Leah Hickey (b. 1996) is an artist and writer concerned with love, loss and dysphoria. Through short-form autobiographical prose, typographic design and photographic self portraiture, Hickey exorcises the emotional trauma brought about by varying forms of grief: bereavement, betrayal, breakdowns and first loves. Influenced by Nihilist and post-Feminist praxis, Hickey's practice foremost lends itself to the post-Pop Art movement of the 1970s, alongside mid-century adult material, to navigate axis of identity under patriarchy.
In 2022, Hickey debuted their solo show How to Get Attention When You're Drowning at Cheap Cheap Gallery, which featured in The White Pube's Guide to Summer Art Exhibitions. The artist currently produces Emotional Outbursts, a 'part-fact, part-fiction otherworld of love letters' which integrates free verse poetry and Early Modern English with contextual research. Hickey operates an artists' studio in Birmingham's Gay Village and is Visiting Lecturer in BA Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art. Hickey has recently published their debut book Grief (In Few Forms), an anthology of art writing on sex and death.