Breathing Room and Affectionate Tendrils:
Works by Leah Moses
Leah Moses’ Breathing Room and Affectionate Tendrils are two separate bodies of work on display until the end of February at the Wendell Free Library.
Breathing Room is a series of 18 small to medium scale watercolor paintings exhibited in the Herrick Room. Moses credits her earlier days spent under brilliant coastal skies as the source of inspiration for this series. From the woods of Wendell, Moses journeys back through each painting to that earlier place of openness.
The majority of the watercolors are circular forms- linen stretched over embroidery hoops. There are 4 rectangular pieces, also on linen. Each canvas reflects the tone of a minimalist landscape, composed of 2 to 3 separate color fields. There is a synesthetic atmosphere, a conference of vision and breath, that results from Moses’ exploration of these horizons where land meets sky. The compositions are in effect portals into the artist’s mind and speak of an openness contemplated from a more private interior space.
Affectionate Tendrils is a series of three dimensional works on display in the glass display case greeting patrons into the main lobby of the library. With each piece Moses experiments with shape and texture. It is a collection of small multi-media sculptures done with clay, wood, glass, linen, cotton, moss, sand, and stone. Inspired by earthen symbiotic relationships, Affectionate Tendrils is a collection that speaks of the artist’s terrestrial curiosity.