Leah Macdonald

Photography/Mixed Media

In My Body

 

Soliloquy

Artist Statement

Lying naked in the snow…exhilarating, aching and painful in a beautiful way. Emotionally thought provoking. Penetrating without being rough, connecting to the soul…like when the snow falls and freezes the world and everything is still alive but deadly quiet.
When I was a child I would catch fireflies in a jar and cover the jar lid with foil, punch little holes in the top of the jar and then sit in the dark of my closet and watch them flicker on and off until they died. It was an experience of joy and tragedy, of intimacy and exile of love and hate. I wanted the fireflies to live forever in my prison, to light up my world and stay with me… despite their death sentence.

A delicate web of nature, the fragility of life, solitary moments of self-reflection and a silent fall from grace.

Lavender and Lemon

Ephemeral
Mysterious
Decomposed
Vague
Fading
Sensitive.
Scratches on glass

Thin Ice

 


Contact Information

Wexler Gallery
201 N. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
tel: 215-923-7030
e-mail: info@wexlergallery.com

Galerie BMG
12 Tannery Brook Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
tel: 845-679-0027
e-mail: info@galeriebmg.com

Philadelphia, PA
tel: 610-247-9964
e-mail: leahwax@aol.com
www.lehamacdonald.com
www.bliss-etc.com
Please contact artist or gallery for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

My art making is a combination of photography and mixed media, darkroom printing on silver paper, and painting with oils and wax. I am vision impaired: my one eye is like a hawk’s, precise and crisp and my other eye is nearly blind, fuzzy and soft. There are moments of control and moments of intuition… focus /blur, focus/blur a seesaw back and forth until I find balance. I bounce between these worlds of focus and blur to etch my portraits of emotion.

“Don’t print too dark.”

Education

1998
California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA
MFA, Photography

1993
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
BFA, Photography

Professional Experience

1999 – present
Freelance artist and Photographer

2006 – present
Creator, Waxworksphoto/Bliss Books

2010
Instructor, “Studio Workshops,” The Garage, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Instructor, “Photo Encaustics Workshop,” The Garage, Philadelphia, PA

2005 – present
Professor, Photography, The Philadelphia Art Institute, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Instructor, “Encaustic Worksop – one activity-on location,” Dobson School Kindergarten Class

2004
Instructor, “Group Photo Encaustic Workshop,” Galerie BMG, Woodstock NY

1999
Fit for Living Course, 21st Century Academy Elementary School

Visiting Artist Teacher, Canyon Elementary

1998
Volunteer, Creative Growth Center, Oakland, CA
Working with outsider artists to help them develop creative skills

Professor Assistant, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland CA

1997
Artspark, Oakland, CA
In conjunction with the city of Oakland, a multicultural youth project

1995
Teachers Assistant, Sanchex Elementary, San Francisco, CA

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2010
In My Body, WEXLER Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Female Fairytale, GalerieBMG, Woodstock, NY

2006
Entangled: Black and white fiber photographs with encaustic, Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY

2005
Playing Ace: black and white photographs, Photo 612, Haddonfield Heights, NJ

2004
Holding On: and other New Figurative Works, Rodger Lapelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

2003
New Figurative Works, Rodger Lapelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Reverie: New Photographs, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Secret Times, Art & Soul Gallery, Woodstock, NY

2001
Body Manipulations, Artforms Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Paintings from the Attic, La Colombe, Philadelphia, PA

1999
The Baby Doll Show, The Atlas, San Francisco, CA

1998
Relent, Myrtle Street Gallery, Oakland, CA

1996
For Eleanor, Farley’s, San Francisco, CA

Group

2010 – 2011
Luminosity, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT

2010
Faculty Show, Philadelphia Art Institute, Philadelphia, PA

2007 – present
A Square Deal, Philadelphia, PA
Traveling Exhibition

2007
Contours, Wired Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

Two Women Show, Yo Darkroom, Philadelphia, PA

Arcadia Boutique, Philadelphia, PA

Atrium Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Two Women Show, Yo Darkroom, Philadelphia, PA

Salon Exhibition, Arcadia Boutique, Philadelphia, PA

CONTOUR, Wired Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

Encaustic Works 2007: Sixth International Encaustic Exhibition, The Gallery at R&F,
Kingston NY

2006
The Variety Show, Falling Cow Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works, Rodger Lapelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Wild, Weird and Wonderful, Maria DiElsi Connolly, Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Photo New York, Galerie BMG, New York, NY

The Kandy Project, Lemuria Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Escape to the Underwater Woods, PhotoWest Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Annual, Perkins Center for the Arts, Mount Holly, NJ
Juried Exhibition

2005 – 2006
Wild, Weird and Wonderful, Maria DiElsi Connolly, Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Holiday Show, Photo 612, Haddon Heights, NJ

Women’s Photography Show, Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY

Oil & Wax The Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA
Traveling Exhibit

2004
Three Person Show, Dragonfly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, MA

2003
The Birth Show, Artforms Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

New Nudes(mostly men), Art & Soul Gallery, Woodstock, NY

Photography Show, Dragonfly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, MA

2003
The Affordable Art Fair, represented by Rodger Lapelle Galleries, New York, NY

2002
Three Photographers, Dragonfly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, MA

2001
My Space Our Reality, Alma Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Collage and Mixed Media Exhibit, McGOPA, the galleries at The Schuykill Printing Plant, Conshohocken, PA

US Art Expo, represented by Sande Wedbster Gallery, National Armory, Philadelphia, PA

Annual, Artforms Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2001
Featured Artist New Works, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Red, White & Blue, Artforms Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Absence of Color, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

1998
Master of Fine Art Exhibition, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA
1997
Annual Juried Exhibition, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Juried Exhibition

Publications

2008
Shots 101 Dreams, Autumn 2008

After Capture, Waxworks Encaustic Painting Enhancement

2007
Shots Magazine

1995
Photo Review, Summer Competition Issue, Langhorne, PA

The Photo Metro, San Francisco, CA

Photography Contest, The Bay Guardian, Oakland, CA

 

 


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