Through my work, I engage in a dialogue with perception and cognition, asking what we can and can’t know about ourselves and others, the physical world, and the nature of reality. Theoretical physics, religion, history, and human psychology are all inspirations in their attempts to address these issues. Ambiguity and mystery are important components of my work.
I construct mixed media collage-drawings often starting with found images or elements from previous work, stripping them of their original context through editing, cutting and combining. Adding drawn line work or painted geometric shapes and colors increases the spatial and narrative ambiguity in my compositions. The resulting hybrids embody the shifting, ungraspable nature of reality by combining dissimilar or contrasting qualities: organic/geometric, hard/soft, and dimensional/linear. Attempts to reconcile or interpret them reveal the mechanisms by which we try to understand and define what we see and experience.
Whether it originates from personal narrative or in formal process, I approach my work as an open-ended investigation of truth, reality and the unknowable.
Leigh donates a portion of each sale to Southern Exposure Gallery.Read more »
Leigh uses her grandfather's tackle box and studies mercurial landscapes that draw her in yet are impossible to see and understand completely.