View In Room
View In Room
Printmaking ink, pastel and collage on paper
Dimensions: 111.8cm (H) x 228.6cm (W) x 1.3cm (D) / 44" (H) x 90" (W) x 0.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This piece is a triptych, each piece is 44 x 30 inches each, together they are 44 x 90 inches. Collectors have bought similar pieces and framed them separately and together. This piece is unframed.
The world is collage to me. What happens at the edges and among the layers, where two different materials or ideas meet — that’s where I’m drawn. I have bins and bins of paper and scraps in my studio. It is important to my process that I not use virgin working materials but rather fragments of older work and found materials. Something from something. Beauty from ashes. It’s also important for me to show the sometimes-raw joints, the roughness of their coming together, to be candid about the process of layering and to leave the hand of the artist apparent.
The series began after a trip to Yosemite National Park in the spring of 2017. I was overwhelmed by the dichotomy of the landscape and the effects of time. The all-encompassing noise of the waterfalls, the size of the boulders and the softness of the meadows are etched into my mind. Not only is the landscape etched into my mind but so is the duality of violence and peace, destruction and creation.
My current work explores the beauty found in tension, in nature and in our lives. Each piece in the series begins by creating reverse drawings using printmaking ink to lay down the bones and structure of the image. The pieces then evolve and grow as collage elements are added. They are formal studies delving into the paradox of holding two opposites. These ideas are embodied in the wilderness. The only constant in the wild is that it will change, that an element can and will be both violent and passive, opposites held in a balance. In a world that is increasingly contentious, the need to feel peace within the chaos becomes more desperate. Annie Dillard wrote, “You can heave your spirit into a mountain, and the mountain will keep it, folded, and not throw it back…” This is my attempt to sift through all the stimulus and unrest. By drawing, painting and collaging, I seek to find an equivalent to the peace found in wild places.
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Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Based in: Los Angeles, CA
Leishman grew up in Georgia, moving to the Los Angeles area after completing her Masters of Fine
Arts degree from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Originally trained as a photographer, she
now works in collage. Using both traditional and non-traditional materials, including fragments of
old projects, Leishman explores the dichotomies she witnesses. It is the push and pull between two
ideas that intrigues her most, the animating tensions between destruction and creation, expansion
and contraction, explosion and implosion
She has shown her work nationally, won awards, and taught fine art at universities in Utah and
California. Her work is beloved by designers. She recently had a solo show at Granary Arts, titled “Heaving
into Mountains” and has work at the Claremont Museum of Art.
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