Now that “Jewels: Blue-Green Girl, Boat” is finished, Jewels is complete. There are twelve diptychs in this collection, one for each major stop on the color wheel. As a visitor to the studio said, “It’s rainbow!” Each panel in a two-panel set has a small and concentrated instance of the subject color, and for a final touch I hand paint gloss medium on this color to add punch. These are wee pieces, each panel is 4 inches square and about 1.5 inches deep, with the sides painted in a shade of the featured hue. Each image rhymes with its partner, and not just because of the color. I like to play with categories here, as elsewhere, especially “natural” and “human-made.” In “Blue-Green,” “Girl” is sitting in a tree, and “Boat” is on water; which is more natural? I am also thinking about places: “Girl” is in Baltimore and “Boat” is in Venice, both places in various kinds of crisis. As another visitor said the other day, “Interesting. You look at them and they’re completely different, but they’re not!”
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Please see this page to find out how to order Female Power Project scarves, shawls, and pins. See this page to find out about Female Power Project perSISTERS posters, cards, and stickers. Visit my expanding Etsy Shop to order Celestial Bodies prints and my Blurb Shop to order photo books. My Etsy scarf shop is in its infancy.
Or visit my studio in DC, Black Lab, at 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio 16. (Scroll down for more info about Black Lab.)
Many of my Female Power Project pieces can be purchased at Femme Fatale DC Pop-up Shop at 100 Florida Ave NE in Washington, DC, open Tuesday & Wednesday, 3–9pm, Thursday–Saturday, 11am–9pm, Sunday 11am–4pm, through December 24, 2017.
About the Artist
Leda Black lives in the Washington, DC area. Her primary medium is digital imagery printed by high resolution archival inkjet. Previously she concentrated on book arts (see Texts link in menu)—writing, printing, and binding limited edition artists books under the imprint Palabra Press. She also for many years produced an art by mail subscription called Physical Language Laboratory.
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About Black LabMuch of the art work on this website can be seen at Black Lab, Studio #16 on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St. NE, Washington, DC, steps from the Brookland/CUA Metro stop (Red Line). Black Lab is on Facebook. I create and show my work in this space and am there irregular hours for the rest of this year. I will likely continue to be open to the public on Saturdays from 10:00(-ish)am till 1:00pm. This Fall I will be selling my Female Power Project pieces, including the perSISTERS prints, at Femme Fatale DC pop-up shop at 100 Florida Ave NE, Washington DC. I will be staffing the shop several days a week. Please check Black Lab's Facebook page for my schedule updates for Black Lab art studio and Femme Fatale DC.