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March/April 2010 Centerfold

Desert Island by Leah Giberson | Artscope Magazine
art: Desert Island
artist: Leah Giberson
medium: oil on photographs ad mixed materials

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 and abandoned pools. 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.

More of Giberson’s work may be seen at

  • Jurors:
  • Franklin W. Liu, Artscope Writer
  • Christine M. McCarthy, Executive Director of Provincetown Art Association and Museum
  • Carole Rabe, Director of the Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College