Leigh Wells constructs mixed media collage-drawings using found images or elements from previous work, stripping them of their original context through editing, cutting and combining. Adding drawn line work or painted geometric shapes and colors increases spatial and narrative ambiguity, resulting in hybrid compositions that embody the shifting, ungraspable nature of reality by combining dissimilar or contrasting qualities: organic/geometric, hard/soft, and dimensional/linear. Attempts to reconcile or interpret them reveal the mechanisms by which we try to understand and define what we see and experience.
A Bay Area native, Leigh holds a BFA summa cum laude from USF with further study at Crown Point Press, the San Francisco Art Institute and Parsons/New School in New York. She lives and works in Emeryville, California.