lives and works in Chicago, IL
L. Williams is a Chicago based artist who explores food, waste and gender through their art making practice. Upon confronting and feeling the dense and leaky weight of growing landfills, mass consumption, and dwindling resources their focus shifted to making work that calls waste habits into question. Intersecting with their waste politics are their gender identities, which inform the way they interrogate family and their own ability to build one. Leo lives happily with their partner and their family of worms, kefir, sauerkraut and kvass in Bridgeport, Chicago where they are constantly growing their domestic sphere and altering how they relate to one another and the world around them.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA, Chicago, IL
Fermenting Feminism, Access Gallery
Vancouver, BC, Canada
In the Receiving Room, Flood’s Hall
Trans Art Is: Love & Liberation, Andersonville Galleria
2nd Biennial Scent Fair, Craft and Folk Art Museum
Los Angeles, CA
Fermenting Feminism (Hunter’s Moon), the Medical Museion & the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Flat Earth Cinema Club and The LUNGA Festival
God Gives Us Food, cornerstore
Lay a Ghost, cornerstore
Late November, cornerstore
2 Tambours, cornerstore
Guest Lecture: “Thinking Together: Olfactory Art & Manifestos,” Olfactory Art course, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, IL
Workshop: “Game Hacking - Eau Doom,” Fabrika Avtonomia; Sofia, Bulgaria
Talk: “Emotional Bootcamp: Collaborative Practices,” Æther Sofia; Sofia, Bulgaria
Workshop: “Community Building Through Game Design,” Polsky Exchange & Weston Game Lab; Chicago, IL
Radar Sofia, Artist in Residence; Sofia, Bulgaria
Flood’s Hall Artist Residency; Chicago, IL
Press & Publications
“Family Jewels: Fermentation as Queer Parenting Practice” in Lauren Fournier (ed.), fermenting feminism: hunter’s moon. Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology. (forthcoming)
Fleerackers, Alice “Features—Fermenting Feminism.” Art the Science Blog; October 2019.
Bulliqi, Eddie. “Institute of Olfaction’s Biennial Scent Fair.” Perfume & Flavorist; December 2018.
Cardoza, Kerry. “Jenn Smith and Bailey Scieszka.” Newcity; September 2016.
“5 Shows To See Now.” Newcity; September 2016.
“Top V. Weekend Picks (6/16-6/22).” Bad At Sports; June 2016.
Clarke, Chris. “Letter from Chicago: A Fucking Biennial.” Art Monthly; November 2015.
cornerstore gallery May 2015—April 2017 Director, Founder