Much like the pared-down poetry of Lucille Clifton, Simone Leigh’s clay sculptures are so perfectly restrained that their minimal presence takes on enormous substance. Part shelter, hideout, sanctuary, and vessel, Leigh’s truncated torsos inhabit a serene self-possession that anatomizes the black female body in terms of her primordial elements of clay, earth, and fire. “Loophole of Retreat”, the artist’s elegant acknowledgement of her 2018 Hugo Boss Prize win, comprises of a suite of sculptures, a sound installation, and three short films. The exhibition’s title references the writings of Harriet Jacobs (1813 – 1897), a former slave turned abolitionist and whose perseverance in face of adversity underlies much of the spiritual and symbolic representation of Leigh’s work. Simone Leigh’s artmaking weaves narratives where memory and loss are implied and speak of the labor of black women, what they carry and what they hold inside. The purpose is celebratory but watchful and it shepherds the black female experience into a shared space of intimacy that makes room for us all. At the Guggenheim Museum through October 27.