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May 15, 2003 to August 31, 2003

Reverie: Recent Work by Leah MacDonald

Suspended between the mediums of photography and painting, Leah Rachel MacDonald presented a new body of mixed media works in the PAA’s Third Floor Gallery. Focused on the female form, MacDonald shoots and selects photographs of models and then manipulates the images through the application of oil and beeswax to create singular works. The exhibition title "reverie," meaning "abstracted musings or dream-like events," explains MacDonald’s working method as she layers her photographs, disguising or highlighting certain segments of the composition.

MacDonald explains her process as "a constant urge to layer, collect, scratch, and polish my photographs. I use paper as though it were my own skin, pulling it, peeling it away, washing it, painting it, and tearing it . . . each piece becomes an artifact of my life experience."

MacDonald received her MFA in 1998 from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. She has had several solo exhibitions in both San Francisco and Philadelphia, including: Body Manipulations, Artforms, Manayunk, PA (2001); Paintings from the Attic, La Columbe, Manayunk, PA (2000); The Baby Doll Show, Atlas, San Francisco, CA (1999); and Relent, Myrtle Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA (1998). MacDonald has been living and working in Philadelphia since 1998

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