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Leigh Craven
updated: 01/25/2012
website: www.leighcraven.com; www.airnyc.org/artist.cfm?id=114
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Leigh's Prize
Hide & Seek
Climbing the Chestnut Trees
Climbing the Chestnut Trees
Lesson in Fortitude
Life of Plasticity
Untitled
What Is Your Fantasy? (from series)
What Is Your Fantasy?
Feigning Interest
Lost
Domestic Life
Hide & Seek (wallpaper)
Hide and Seek (wallpaper)
Winter Chill
 
Portfolio Keywords:  autobiographical, books, fantasy, figurative, identity, narrative, portraiture, psychological, gender/sexuality, memory
 
 
Leigh's Prize by Leigh Craven
Leigh's Prize
gouache, graphite, ceramic
2009
12 " x  14 "  x 3 " 
Hide & Seek  by Leigh Craven
Hide & Seek
graphite, gouache, gold leaf, wood
2009
12 " x  18 "  x 3 " 
Climbing the Chestnut Trees by Leigh Craven
Climbing the Chestnut Trees
silkscreen wallpaper with mixed media
2009
Dimensions variable
Climbing the Chestnut Trees by Leigh Craven
Climbing the Chestnut Trees
wallpaper with ceramic, wood, and gold leaf
2009
Dimensions variable
Lesson in Fortitude by Leigh Craven
Lesson in Fortitude
gouache, pastel, gold leaf, cast sterling silver on paper
2009
11 " x  14 "  x 2 " 
Life of Plasticity by Leigh Craven
Life of Plasticity
gouache, graphite, gold leaf on paper
2009
11 " x  17 "  x 2 " 
Untitled by Leigh Craven
Untitled
Mixed Media (silkscreen, graphite, pastel on mylar, layered)
2006
22" x  30" 
What Is Your Fantasy? (from series) by Leigh Craven
What Is Your Fantasy? (from series)
graphite on mylar
2007
7 " x  12 " 
What Is Your Fantasy?  by Leigh Craven
What Is Your Fantasy?
Mixed Media (artist book)
2007
7" x  6" 
Feigning Interest by Leigh Craven
Feigning Interest
Mixed Media
2007
30" x  22" 
Lost by Leigh Craven
Lost
colored pencil
2008
16" x  22" 
Domestic Life by Leigh Craven
Domestic Life
colored pencil
2008
20" x  16" 
Hide & Seek (wallpaper) by Leigh Craven
Hide & Seek (wallpaper)
Mixed Media (with phosphorescent inks)
2007
Dimensions variable
Hide and Seek (wallpaper) by Leigh Craven
Hide and Seek (wallpaper)
mixed Media (with phosphorescent inks)
2007
Dimensions variable
Winter Chill by Leigh Craven
Winter Chill
Mixed Media
2007
24" x  20" 

Artist Statement

Our relationships are complex. What we project to the outside world may not be the reality of our inside world. But each of us exposes clues about our life and our relationships with the look of an eye, the expression of our mouth, our body language. We each expose ourselves in ways we may not have realized. And simultaneously, we clothe ourselves in deceptive guises as means of protection. Portraiture opens the door to the sitter's personal space. It provides insight to the subjects' character, their identity.

 

Much of the work in my portfolio focuses on my (subjective) reactions to individuals, often family and close friends. Portraiture allows me to investigate both the physical and psychological attributes of these people and myself. I play with representation and narrative in attempt to create an image that is ambiguous in read; whose distance from reality, or fantasy, is indiscernible. And while my work is derived from personal experiences, I hope that it carries with it universal associations.

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Leigh Craven has a BFA in printmaking from Cornell University, a MFA in printmaking  from the Rhode Island School of Design, and studied bookbinding with Peter Verheyen. She currently teaches in the Department of Art at Bridgewater State College in Massachusettts, and has been a visiting professor at various other institutions. Her work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions, earning her numerous honors and awards.