16″ x 20″
Sharon Weiss Gallery
Stacy Leeman earned her MFA from Rutgers University. She holds a BA from Oberlin and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. Stacy has participated in over one hundred exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States. Her work has received awards, including grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Vermont Studio Center. The Sharon Weiss Gallery represents her work.
“I am currently working on a series of self-portraits. I found that most women portrayed themselves literally, including symbols of social status as well as their role as an artist. I began thinking about what defined me and found that I think of myself in terms of my home. My role as a mother, career as a painter, my marriage and my cats who sit in my studio are central to my life.”
“I use images of my boys playing basketball and baseball. The fluidity of their bodies in action is beautiful. I also included images of my black cats stretched out and carrying kale leaves. Additionally, I included images of pencils and paintbrushes. For my husband, I used different tools to remove paint. We have a marriage and home based on shared principles and values, but I react to situations respond to people and sites immediately he ponders more and helps me refine and clarify my perspective. To create texture in the paintings I am rubbing rope through paint to symbolize my hair which is curly and covered in public to show my adherence to Jewish law as a married woman.”
Stacy’s piece “Self-Portrait P2” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of her work at stacyleeman.com.