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Stars In Our Eyes For Leah Fraser

Creative People

The artworks of Leah Fraser combine familiar motifs with a sense of cosmic wonder. In her distinct painting style, Leah explores mythology and cosmology through a language of flora and fauna – creating beautiful paintings that have a touch of  Henri Rousseau about them!

We recently chatted with Leah about her latest exhibition ‘In the beginning, there were stars’ which is opening at Arthouse Gallery this Thursday, August 23rd – and will be launched by another TDF special fave, Megan Morton! 

20th August, 2018

Artworks by Leah Fraser for her current ‘She would risk it all where past and future gathered’. Photo – courtesy of the artist and Arthouse Gallery.

‘Their touch felt like the birth and death of tiny universes’. Photo – courtesy of the artist and Arthouse Gallery.

‘Other echoes inhabit the garden shall we follow?’.Photo – courtesy of the artist and Arthouse Gallery.

Artist Leah Fraser. Photo – courtesy of the artist and Arthouse Gallery.

Sculptures for the exhibition, including ‘When you walk alone’, ‘Blue serpent’, and ‘Out of heart of light’. Photo – courtesy of the artist and Arthouse Gallery.

‘And now her heart trembled darkly’. Photo – courtesy of the artist and Arthouse Gallery.

‘It was the moment I saw beyond myself’. Photo – courtesy of the artist and Arthouse Gallery.

‘Only the fearless venture where the spirits tread’. Photo – courtesy of the artist and Arthouse Gallery.

Miriam McGarry
Monday 20th August 2018

We have been long-time admirers of Sydney based painter Leah Fraser, whose complex, layered artworks always capture a certain sense of magic! Her latest body of work ‘In the beginning there were stars’ is described as ‘ocular poetry’, where each work represents a stanza in a broader cosmological story.

Lush foliage and greenery sprout out of the canvases, surrounding a menagerie of ethereal and spiritual creatures. Leah’s exploration of the cosmos is grounded in research and symbolic references across multiple cultures (spot the tiger as an ode to William Blake, ghostly horses, third eye), but also grounded in the earthy and familiar.

This dual earthly and spiritual offering gives a sense of the everyday being imbued with a cosmic beauty! The exhibition blends the artist’s personal approach to mythology with established spiritual narratives, and in doing so, invites the viewer to explore their own understandings of time, self, and possible futures.

In her artist’s statement, Leah reflects : ‘the dust of the universe that swirled together everything around us – the Cosmic Egg of the Brahmins, the Big Bang, God: whatever it is that described the stored energy of creation – made us. This material has been dissolving and reforming again and again, to make our bodies in the present time, and will shift again to become our future selves.’

Like Joni, Leah’s incredible work reminds us that ‘we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden’ – hopefully a garden as vibrant and beautiful as depicted in Leah Fraser’s world!

In the beginning there were stars  by Leah Fraser
August 23rd – September 15th
Opening Thursday, August 23rd, 6pm
Arthouse Gallery
66 McLachlan Avenue
Darlinghurst, New South Wales

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