I have explored these concepts in my recent work with pieces such as “Seated Symmetry,” (2012, Oil on Canvas, now on display at the National Juried Exhibition at the AI&G in downtown Salisbury). This piece focuses on the identity crisis that comes with being a twin, while “Going Gently” narrates the ever-flowing sequence of life, love, age and loss. These two works led me to a strong focus on the expression of relationship by human hands. I became fascinated with the ability of these seemingly unremarkable tools, which have the ability to serve as emotional extensions for the brain, and for the heart. You can tell what two people’s spirits are saying by what their hands say, and my goal is to capture this emotion in my paintings. Connections between individuals can be very complex, none are ever quite the same, and they can change with time and experience. My paintings reflect these complexities; the intertwining fingers, twisting bones, reddening flesh, pulling skin, tightened muscles… The hands are an outlet for our very souls, and to me, painting the hands is as close as I can get to painting the raw, inner core of human experience.
In viewing my work, my hope is that the spectator feels he/she can fully grasp the entirety of a situation between the two individuals, as if he were seeing their whole bodies, their faces, even their eyes. I want the viewer to be able to feel the crude energy between the two unknown figures, and perhaps even put himself into that situation entirely.
Leah Lewman is a current Senior at SU. She will be graduating in Spring 2012 with a BFA in Painting and Art History, as well as a minor in Marketing and Management.
1. “Hesitation” 2012, 60” x 30”, Oil on Canvas $550
2. “Going Gently” (diptych) 2012, 33” x 80”, Oil on Canvas $1,300
3. “The Spaces In Between” 2011, 24" x 30”, Oil and Soil on Canvas $400
4. “Unspoken” 2012, 16” x 40”, Oil on Canvas $400 (Sold)
5. “In The Balance” 2012, 31” x 48’, Oil on Canvas $850 (Sold)
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