Joanne Leah creates photo-based images that portray a series of contorted nude body parts, juxtaposed with ordinary yet highly stylized props. Using color as her narrative, she takes the viewer on an eerie trip through staged, fairytale crime scenes. She draws from her own childhood memories, exploring themes of isolation, detachment and self-identity, while challenging the viewer to react to the human form and tactile nature of fluids, fleshiness and voluptuousness. And is that what you even see?
Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea, as well as a large billboard exhibition through the non-profit organization, #SAVEARTSPACE. She has received critical attention as an emerging artist in numerous online and print publications including Hi-Fructose, The Opéra, Pacific Dissent, The Creators Project, Kaltblut Magazine and Venison Magazine. She has also recently made her curatorial debut, Phreeek Magnet, at Undercurrent Projects in New York City.
Joanne Leah is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Germany, adopted at birth and grew up in a small mountain town in Southwest Virginia.
“When I was a child, I would explore the woods behind my house. I ventured alone, following a small creek. One winter day, I deviated from my usual path. As I walked, I heard a man shout. A pack of barking dogs ran toward me. I immediately dropped to the snowy ground and pretended to be dead. I held my breath. The dogs surrounded me, sniffed and snorted. I had never felt that kind of fear before, the fear of being eaten alive.” -Joanne Leah
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