San Francisco, CA
"City of Gold, Land of Promise" - 2012
As a visual artist with a penchant for stories and a background in music, Meredith’s work shifts from images to words to music and back again. She employs the expressive medium of watercolor in a range of contexts, from traditional landscape and cityscape studies to painting-based animations, as she seeks to tell the stories she sees in the world around her.
Meredith Leich is a San Francisco-based artist who works with narrative in flash animation, watercolor, and sound, to explore cities, history, and culture. A Boston native, she graduated from Swarthmore College, PA in 2008 with a degree in art history and music. Growing up in an interreligious family prompted an early interest in both Jewish and European culture, spurring her to spend substantial time Germany and Israel. She has lived in Berlin, studied German, and participated in conferences sponsored by the German government, in Dachau, a mountaintop village in the Bavarian Alps, and Berlin. In 2011, she moved to Tel Aviv on a Dorot Fellowship, which funded a year of self-directed Jewish learning, Hebrew language study, volunteering, and a personal project. Meredith's artistic work draws largely on these experiences; for instance, her current series of animations "Jerusalem; San Francisco" pairs her recent homes at the extremes of the western world to explore the differences and uncanny similarity of the two cities' earthquake-ridden landscapes, magical draw on people (be it to the divine or technological), history of crusaders and conquistadors, language surrounding gold. Meredith is currently studying at the San Francisco Art Institute and plays the violin and viola more mediocrely every day in both bands and classical groups.