T E N S I L E S T R E N G T H
Works for an upcoming solo exhibition at The Fourth Wall in Oakland, CA
Exhibition: Sept 2- Oct 22, 2022.
Reception: Sep 10, 2-5pm.
Sausalito Preview: Aug 8, 5-8p
“Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented—which is what fear and anxiety do to a person—into something whole.”
From exhibition press release:
Leigh Wells creates abstract paper collage and collage-like paintings on pieced textiles that consist of simple, restrained forms. She considers her practice as one of restoration and repair; finding wholeness in the fragmented. Wells intentionally incorporates ambiguity into her work to heighten its expressive tension - i.e. the works presented for Fourth Wall Gallery simultaneously evoke a sense of vulnerability and groundedness. The show title, Tensile Strength, refers to "the resistance of a material to breaking under tension.” For Wells, these works, ultimately, represent a timeless, internal strength that can not be broken.
See more textile works.