'Places I'd Rather Be'

Emma Leonard

Places I’d Rather Be is a contemplation on wanderlust — a visual daydream for those with a sense of nostalgia for a time and place they have never experienced.

Art Exhibition previously on at Lamington Drive in Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 01 September 2016 to Saturday 17 September 2016
Launch Wednesday 31 August 2016, 6-9pm

'The Dreamer' image

Published by Lamington Drive on Friday 23 September 2016.
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In this new collection of original works and limited edition prints, Emma Leonard portrays subjects disconnected from their immediate environment, pining for a destination where urgency and discomfort melt away, replaced by wide-open roads, vast spaces and a gentle, enveloping sun.

This pensive series of drawings and paintings uses a restrained colour palette in transparent mediums, such as ink and pencil, to create subtle shifts in tone that are both delicate and spontaneous. Muted washes of colour bleed into one another as the isolated figures fade in and out of their surroundings, like fragments of a memory that can’t be placed.

Absorbed in private self-reflection, Leonard’s figures indulge their inherent desire for adventure and reinvention. At times voyeuristic and evocative, their languid bodies stray between elusive moments. Layering elements of nature over relaxed poses and easy gestures creates dream-like compositions akin to a page torn from a traveller’s sketchbook.