Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

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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


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Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

Ardor, 2022

“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.” 


—Louise Bourgeois

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

Building, 2022

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.

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

Eclipse, 2021

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

As Above, 2022

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

Bet, 2022

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

Well, 2022

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

Love Story, Part Two, 2021

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

Love Jones, 2021

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

Specter, 2021

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

Untitled, 2021

Leigh Wells textile artwork from the exhibition, "Tensile Strength" at The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA. Sept 2-Oct 22, 2022.

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