I construct abstract collages and drawings of found materials, paper, and fabric with painted accents and interventions. Removing materials from their original contexts, I combine them in ways that create spatial and narrative ambiguity.
The resulting hybrid compositions embody dissimilar, contrasting qualities: organic and geometric, hard and soft, dimensional and linear. Attempts to reconcile or interpret them resemble the mechanisms by which we try to understand and define what we experience internally and in interaction with others.
While visually abstract, I consider the resulting works to be diagrams or portraits of imagined mental states such as desire, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, pleasure, or joy.
"We have no name for the gift that powers convincing work in surrealist collage, but San Franciscan Leigh Wells has it. Putting mismatched things together again and again, getting freshly engrossing ambiguities as a result merely looks easy."
— Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle