Leila Noorani

I’m attracted to utilitarian structures of the past – the decaying architecture of a vacant gas station, a derelict travel trailer fading in the afternoon, or the quiet interior of a main street laundromat, for example. My imagery is derived from places I encounter on route, while taking a road-trip or perhaps when traversing familiar territory. It is always accidental, that moment when light, shadow and subject collide, and the scene grabs my attention demanding that I observe with fresh eyes.

I apply paint in layers, combining muted tones with hints of saturated hue, and the reflective glare of bright white to direct the eye across the surface. I experiment with ways to get the paint on the panel, employing masking or blotting techniques to distribute bands of color and create texture as needed.  Then I will revisit the painting over time, editing and enhancing certain parts to get the desired balance. The surface is developed slowly –I rarely produce a painting in one setting.  In an age where most things are created, consumed and forgotten within an instant, the act of working at my own pace gives me time to sit with a scene, think about what it wants, and take it where it needs to go.

I hold a BFA in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


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