Sydney-based artist Leah Fraser creates lyrical paintings and ceramics that engage with history, magic and the unknown in their metaphorical visualisation of the “waters of life”. Drawing inspiration from folk mythologies, diverse cultures and children’s tales, Fraser’s paintings depict shaman-like characters travelling through mystic lands in search of spiritual metamorphosis. Decorated in ritualistic clothing and plants in a ceremonial splendour, the figures have a deep respect for and understanding of the natural world, prompting the viewer to contemplate their own (dis)connection with nature. The artist’s ceramic works physically invoke the world that that these spiritual beings inhabit, with votive figures and ‘magic bottles’ embodying objects of worship or items that might fill a magicians apothecary.
- In the beginning there were stars
- Within You Without You
- Messages from the World Invisible
- New Ceramics 2015
- Odyssey and Oracle
- Valley of the Silver Moon