"At Midnight"Leah Clough Solo Exhibition
City: Hong Kong
Duration: 2018-02-03 ~ 2018-03-10
Opening: 3 Feb 2018,Saturday,4–6pm
Address: Art Projects Gallery Unit 17A, 17/F, Regency Centre Phase 243 Wong Chuk Hang Road Wong Chuk Hang, Ho
Participating Artist(s): Leah Clough

Stories come alive at night when ideas of magic and mystery feel more real. These drawings bring back the childhood feelings of comfort from being read a book at bedtime,adventures told by a campfire, or excited whispers of stories in the dark.

This series of work originates from an array of Leah’s childhood recollections; booktitles, a line from a song, fictional landscapes remembered in bits and pieces, her mother singing, or her fathers voice reading aloud. Both children and adult books inspire them, from Where the Wild Things Are to The Night Circus. They hint at nostalgia for a forgotten imagination and childhood fantasy by the titles given to them, but also celebrate the romance of travel and discovering exotic worlds. The titles of each drawing play a role, much like a cover of a book and title; they have the power of suggestion and light the way to a story.

Leah believes in the artist and the viewer bringing each of their history to the picture,she leaves clues hidden in the drawings for you to find and create your own story. Although adrawing may represent Leah’s own memories or imagination, they are also purposely abstractand mysterious. They possess a dream like quality, which is open to interpretation. The drawings have a common thread, ‘A Secret Garden’, ‘To Wild Things!’, ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’, all begin from books read, but all lend to the theme of the unknown, a journey, and growth. For the works ‘Home’ and ‘While We Sleep’, ideas of protection and safety is suggested, as well as the notion of adventure. There is a constant pull between concepts of wistful looking back at your childhood and the excitement of setting off on a future voyage.

Over all these are pieces of escapism that pay homage to childhood, magic, mystery,and the thrill of going on a journey, whether it be in art, fiction, or our own life's adventure.

About the artist

Leah Clough is a Hong Kong born drawing artist, whose artwork pays homage to botanical etchings and illustrations. Primarily working in pen and ink she creates intricate drawings that are characterized by their micro detail of lines and floral imagery. Leah uses ordinary gel pens as a drawing tool to capture the exotic and animal side of flowers. With a background degree of Drawing and Applied Arts and a Masters in Fine Art Drawing, she has shown in London, Croatia and Hong Kong.


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