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The Sasse Museum of Art is a gathering place to celebrate the inspiring and transformative power

of arts and culture and to expand our understanding of ourselves and the world.


In the realm of contemporary art, three distinct exhibitions at the Sasse Museum of Art in downtown Pomona, CA, offer viewers a multifaceted journey into the depths of human experience and creativity. “I Am Alive, a Breath, a Trail” by Brittany Kiertzner, “The Way In” by Jackie Leishman, and “Shadow Notes” by John Woodcock each carve out their own space within the art world, inviting audiences to explore themes of identity, perception, and reinvention.



 Curated by:  Ahmad Shariff


The world is collage to Jackie Leishman. Even when she was mainly working with photography, she was always trying to build more layers, attempting to break the physical picture plane. That need to see what happens in the fractures and meeting places pushed her further away from the photograph and more into an in-between space, a space that collage claims. She pulls from drawing, painting, photography, and printmaking to explore that in-between space, a space that is felt. A space that is both/and. Feeling breaks against what is seen. The seen and the unseen are sometimes at odds and sometimes not. The still life, landscape, or figure is the way in. It holds the form through which she works with and against. The subjects were not the end goal but a beginning place. 

“The world is collage to me. What happens at the edges and among the layers, where two different materials or ideas meet — that’s where I’m drawn."
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