From a studio space in Oakland, CA, Leah Tumerman carves out narrative scenes on canvas, taking cues from intuitively applied under-paintings. Working predominately with highly pigmented acrylics, Leah watches for the emergence of figurative subject matter and then edits, often utilizing drawing materials, towards an oblique finish. She revels in the implied relationship between forms based on physical posture and placement alone. Using playful symbolism and a touch of make believe, the finishing details speak to notions of sisterhood and communalism, but also whisper of loneliness. Leah explores womanhood striving to create scenarios of connection and inclusion. She riffs on the notion of inclusion itself, employing situations towards a poetic understanding of intersectionality.
In Leisure, Leah ponders the connection between 'free time' and privilege. The work examines unavoidable hustle, pause as necessity, pause as statement/rejection, and a vulnerable desire for belonging throughout. Join us for an opening reception on January 12, 2018 from 6-8pm.
Delightful + thoughtful refreshments provided.