Leah Foushee Waller 
The Vintage Button Series is a metaphorical exploration of a mother's journeying efforts of 'keeping it all together'. Sifting and gleaning pieces from various generations of button collections, then hand sculpting and casting them larger than life reflects the process of everything discovered, pondered, and endured on the journey of motherhood.  Each button, seemingly a portrait,  honors the mothers before us, and the stories and memories that shaped their lives.
 

Leah Foushee Waller
This series was inspired by the relationship between plants and the historical and contemporary human practice of ritual, celebration, and habit. These cast metal bas-reliefs highlight seven commonly consumed plant-based substances by contemporary societies. The media of cast metal in bas-relief references ancient cultures and traditions, while the subject of harvest-ready, mood altering plants remind the viewer of the very nature of these popular and, to some, sinful substances.

The Seashells
I am currently sculpting ‘The Seashells’ as a meditative and sanative practice of processing pandemic into quasi post-pandemic life. 
‘March 2020 to March 2021, bookends of unprecedented time.  If the ocean could be a symbol of that time, humanity imprinted her shores while on a precipitate journey ending in eye-opening reflection.  As we sheltered in place and covered our trauma-laced face, we sunk into routines like the waves kiss, then ebb from shore.  This repetition of the surf left pieces on the sand for us to glean, perhaps keep.  ‘The Seashells’ represent uncovering and observing these unexpected pieces of discovery while sheltering, noticing, wondering, and reflecting.’