Palm Springs Pacer

by Leah Giberson

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Artist Statement

My current body of work explores the intersection between fact and fiction and the search for a more personal truth that lives somewhere in between. I begin each piece with a photographic image, which I print in sections, cut up and reassemble onto a panel. I then paint over the entire image, covering up and altering anything that feels unnecessary or distracting while turning up the volume on the parts that resonate with me. My process echoes the way we each edit and reconstruct our own memories in an attempt to find meaning in our experiences and reinforce our existing narratives.

I have been captivated by small mid-century suburban homes for as long as I can remember and they were the primary subjects of my paintings for years. My trailer paintings began as an offshoot of that series and I approach these tiny homes on wheels in very much the same way - isolating them from much of their original surroundings, so I can unearth clues in looming shadows, empty chairs out front, doors left slightly ajar or glimpses through parted window curtains - all in an attempt to piece together (imagined) underlying stories of the trailers themselves and those who might live inside or store them out back. These trailers are full of compelling contradictions: simplicity versus complexity, security versus freedom, glamour versus mundanity. Over the years I have continued to delve deeper and deeper into the minutiae found in the distorted reflections on the shiniest of trailers, inevitably discovering a complex and nuanced world I completely missed at first glance.

Why We Love It

There’s something about this piece that feels instantly nostalgic, and perhaps that’s because the whole thing is a meta-meditation on memory itself. Working from a photograph, Giberson prints, cuts and reassembles the original image, then paints over it entirely. While doing so, she erases the details that don’t call out to her, accentuating and articulating those that do. This is a deeply personal process of selection that pushes her work somewhere between stunningly lifelike reconstruction and creative invention ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo Portfolio Rag

Edition Structure:
8"x8" | edition of 20
11"x11" | edition of 200
16"x16" | edition of 100
24"x24" | edition of 50
30"x30" | edition of 5

Leah Giberson

Though her work typically depicts suburban scenes, Leah Giberson was raised by artists deep in the woods of New Hampshire. She received her BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1997 and has lived in the Boston area ever since. She made her living as an interactive designer, animator and art director for over ten years, but now paints full time.
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