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Leah Gossett was born and raised in the Southern Appalachian mountains. She is a contemporary craft artist who focuses on her struggle to respect and resist societal roles of female labor. She is also currently working finding a way to bridge the gap between Appalachia and Academia, two spaces she coexists in that often misunderstand each other. She pulls inspiration from the Appalachian region she grew up in through domestic textiles and found objects for both indoor and outdoor labor. With these textiles and found objects Gossett taps into a visual language of labor through material context and manipulation. Gossett brings the rural perspectives of her community to a modern society that only knows of Appalachia as beautiful mountains and hillbillies. 

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