"Fire and Flood"
February 26 - March 24, 2019
Friday, March 15 From 4 - 6 PM
The earth is constantly changing. With the toll that humans are taking on the planet, nature seems to be defending itself with geological extremes – fire and water. Nothing has made me more aware of this than the repeated flooding of my own hometown. Humanity has tried its best to create solid, unchanging cityscapes to safely house the growing population, but at a certain point, nature always seems to take back what was rightfully hers.
*** 20% of Leah's commission will be donated to the Ellicott City Partnership ***
Artists' Gallery thanks
Wine Bin, Tersiguel's, Sweet Suds, Reclaimed By You,
Sweet Elizabeth Jane, Syriana Cafe and Old Mill Cafe
for their generous contributions to this show.
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Being a homegrown Ellicott City girl, I have struggled hard with the idea of losing any part of the historic district, just five minutes down the road from my childhood home. I started dissecting the town in my head, imagining whole buildings floating on their own, washed away. How could we purposely tear this place apart, after its been here so long?
But the earth has already started to do that. Too much concrete – where is the water supposed to go? Over the last year this body of work has been my way of coping with the idea of that change. Painful, but necessary. But change isn’t only here – fires in California are erasing even more of the human landscape than the water is, here in our little town. In these tumultuous times, Earth can be a very violent place, might as well try and make something beautiful rise out of the ashes and mud.
Leah Lewman is an artist whose current work focuses on the visual struggles between manmade structures and natural landscapes. Lewman has exhibited her work in spaces across the country, including the 2012 National Juried Exhibition at the Art Institute & Gallery in Salisbury, MD; Landscape at Escape Velocity, a 2015 exhibition at Fine Arts Complex 1101 in Tempe, AZ; and the 2016 Wet Paint MFA Biennial Exhibition at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, IL. Most recently she participated in Pushing Paper at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, and The Built Environment at Orr Street Studios in Columbia, Missouri.
Lewman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2013 from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. In May 2017, she received an MFA in 2D Studio Art at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she served for 3 years as Instructor of Record. She currently lives in the Baltimore, MD are and teaches as Adjunct Faculty at both Frederick Community College and the University of Maryland, College Park.
Over 20 other artists are on display at Artists' Gallery.