About Leonie Rhodes
Leonie Rhodes is an established, acquired and award-winning sculptor from South London, now working from Brisbane on unceeded Jagera and Turrbal land. Leonie studied Fine art Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art London and Figurative sculpture at the New York Studio School, NY.
Influenced by the figurative and religious history of art, graffiti and urban counter-cultures, Leonie makes sculpture, paintings, and installations in public places. Their multidisciplinary practice is built on material- based skills, collaborative relationships, and thought. Their work has a therapeutic and political sensibility across mediums.
Leonie’s prolific DJ alter ego, a naughty cat called ‘Boom Boom Bean Selecta,’ (BBBS) plays historically informed and intricately mixed dance floor experiences. The popularity of their music creates a framework for exploring intersectional systems of marginalisation with the wider public. BBBS’S participatory public events explore collective joy, serious play and street art as potential modes for personal and social transformation.
2022 SWELL ARTWORK – BBBS: A self-portrait in bronze, Leonie Rhodes
BBBS is a real DJ, an avatar and alter ego of artist Leonie Rhodes, as well as being metaphorical cat.
This mischievous, mis-fit, music maker, loves to bring people together to dance. But Boom Boom is always on the look out for potential danger, knowing from experience that not everyone is kind to cats who are different. Boom Boom has brought the ‘Boom Box’ Dj Booth to Swell again! with a line-up of incredible artists for everyone to enjoy. You can check out what’s happening here!
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 9-18 September.