Leah Pantéa / JANUS
I just saw that the Northeast is about to get its first notable cold front of the season, and these oil paint on hot-pressed watercolor paper pieces by Leah Pantéa seem fitting. In her latest collection, Janus, Leah combines abstract and geometric forms to create an atmosphere I’d be happy to spend a little time in.
In my Janus collection, I am pulling forward an elaborate, colorful and detailed abstracted landscape. As a work becomes fully realized, I begin to apply a veil of white, masking most of the work that lies beneath, pushing it back into the void for which it came. In this, my work discusses the mysterious, and how we place our faith. The veil is not intended to be deceptive or create space between the unknown and us; instead it is a tool to begin a conversation. What does it take to trust stories over our immediate perceptions? Why does the story matter at all?
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