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Baleigh Ann Kuhar

Memphis, TN

Baleigh Kuhar is a mixed media artist living and working in Memphis, TN. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Memphis College of Art in 2018. As a child and up to adulthood she was constantly ill. As a woman her sickness was often disregarded due to sexism from medical professionals. Later it was discovered that her illness was the result of Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Asthma. This is due to an error in Kuhar’s genes that can be traced through the generations of women on her mother’s side to her great grandmother Sonja. Upon investigation Kuhar discovered that Sonja had endured a genocide known as The Ukrainian Famine, or Holodomor. This harsh famine caused her great grandmother’s body to not have to proper nutrition to prevent mistakes in cell DNA copying. Generations later that accident in her genes has remained and become a part of her life. Kuhar's work explores how history affects her life now and what her identity is in connection to the events that made her. Kuhar has been in shows such as “What Remains” at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada, “12 x 12 Exhibition” in Lawrence, Kansas and the “Bellwether’s Exhibition” at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center in Jackson, Tennessee, “Past Present, and PINK” at Cutler Crane Gallery in Memphis, TN, and was on a discussion panel titled “Embodiment in Collage: Mind, Body and Re-membering Trauma of Past Generations” with artist Sarah Castillo at Kolaj Fest in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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