01 February 2012

The Shiny World of Leah Giberson

Leah Giberson
Desert Camper 2

Leah Giberson's work has always fascinated me. Her distinct style is as memorable as her subject matter of vintage houses, caravans and objects. In her work, mundane suburban objects are painted in harsh light, with their surroundings pared down until they appear otherworldly.

Leah Giberson
Bernal Heights (one)

Leah's Artist Statement:

My current body of work falls somewhere between the worlds of photography, painting and collage. I begin with photographs of seemingly ordinary and mundane scenes, which I then paint directly upon to distill and reveal the visually poignant moments that exist all around us, but are often overlooked.

There is a quiet anxiety and loneliness in these images of isolated houses, empty chairs, abandoned pools and vacant streets. Shadows loom from unknown/unseen sources, horizon lines become uncomfortably close, people are absent and geographic clues are obscured. Despite all this uneasiness, there is also a sense of bravery or at least a blind and determined optimism.

Leah Giberson
Calumet Slant

According to Leah's biography, she is an Etsy success story!
After graduating from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in painting, I made my living as a freelance interactive designer for over ten years, but only made art periodically. I set up my Etsy shop in March 2008 to sell prints and originals. Etsy has allowed me to reach a much wider audience than I ever would have on my own and I am thrilled to say that I am now able to paint almost full time!
Leah Giberson
Rear View

From Airstreams to lawn chairs, I love the way she renders surfaces. Most things are flat, with subtle textures, and metallic surfaces gleam like mirrors.

Leah Giberson
Summer Chairs (orange)

If I wasn't traveling, I'd get one of her calendars!

You can see more at Leah's website, her Flickr page and her Etsy shop. All images are © Leah Giberson.

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