View In Room
View In Room
Printmaking ink, acrylic, pastel and collage on paper
Dimensions: 175.3cm (H) x 121.9cm (W) x 1.3cm (D) / 69" (H) x 48" (W) x 0.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The piece is a work on paper, unframed. It is 69 x 48 inches.
The body of work is an offshoot from the Yosemite series and is made with a poem from Wendell Berry in mind.
"When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."
Yosemite explores the beauty found in tension, in nature and in our lives. Each piece is a unique essay into the natural environment, contrasting the violence and constant movement of water with the solid strength of an otherwise unyielding stone landscape. 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.
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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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