Leah Macdonald


Leah Macdonald
New Images 2014


New Images On View at the Gallery
Leah Macdonald Blankenship Leah Macdonald Pink Rose Dress Leah Macdonald Long Stems Leah Macdonald Kali Leah Macdonald White Eye Leah Macdonald Kali Blues
New Images also Available
Leah Macdonald Hand Leah Macdonald Flower Girl Leah Macdonald Open Face Leah Macdonald Missing Stripes Leah Macdonald Darkness Leah Macdonald Storm Leah Macdonald Peony Leah Macdonald Split
Leah Macdonald Fern String Leah Macdonald White Corners Leah Macdonald White Cloth Leah Macdonald Apricot Flowers Leah Macdonald Climbing Out Leah Macdonald Disappear Leah Macdonald Radiant 2 Leah Macdonald Balance


View additional recent work by Leah Macdonald

View Leah Macdonald's "Whimsy" Exhibition - October 2014

View Leah Macdonald's "Soliloquy" Exhibition - July 2011

View Leah Macdonald's "Female Fairytale" Exhibition - July 2009

View Leah Macdonald's "Entangled" Exhibition - December 2006

View Leah Macdonald's Group Encaustic Exhibition - July 2005


artist's statement

Photographs in Wax

My work is a dialogue between my imagination, my curiosity, my imperfections, and my desires. I silently sing the tale of womanhood, telling stories through still frames of captured life and fleeting emotion. Exploring women with my lens brings me to a place of curiosity and the unknown. Mystery arises from photographs of people, secrets from within the hidden truths of their bedrooms, their smooth and natural flesh, their dry and slightly parted lips: I capture the essence of these moments on film.

I am a portrait artist and I photograph people, primarily women, and then embellish the photographs with layers of beeswax, colored wax, painting and drawing. Adding wax and texture and color changes the photographs. I use paper as an extension of my skin: I pull it and peel it away, wash it, paint it, tear it and mark it. I use wax to embellish and veil the nudity of my subjects and I draw to decorate and control their environment. The ability to layer mediums and constantly change appearance and texture allows me to stray from reality and reach the playground of my imagination. I am fascinated by images from nature and designs that have floral and intricate forms.

My diversity and experience in the realms of photography, encaustic painting and mixed media continue to merge and complement one another. A stained photograph and a ripped corner speak of life's lessons. Each mistake is ultimately important to me. My work is close to home and reflects my true self, it hints to my flaws, and I accept the beauty of my accidents. My personal work has become a collection of artifacts from my own life experiences.

Each image pictured here is unique and available in 8" x 10" on paper. All images can also be available in larger sizes, in a similar, but unique version.

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All images © Leah Macdonald