I began to make these drawings about 6 months after my husband died. When I had done 3 or so it occurred to me that they were memorial drawings. I was thinking about his life as a whole. The landscape made perfect sense to me, it all fit together, and now it was completed. Now I look at them as a meditation on solitude. They are drawings that are balanced and contained and they find their own equilibrium as I have. Carter Foster insightfully said to me that they were musical. I hope so. I have been given much and I hope that I have given something in return. My overwhelming feeling is one of gratitude for my life, for Mitch, and for my work.
My work has varied stylistically but my concerns remain constant. I am mesmerized by the everyday manifestations of nature and by the interaction of natural and man-made worlds. I love looking at bubbles in coffee, pores in skin, cracks in sidewalks. I am interested in transparency, both literal and figurative. I began by working in watercolor; the most transparent of mediums and I often work now in layers of translucent pigment. One form echoes another and another. As Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “The eye is the first circle, the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature, this primary figure is repeated without end.
-Abby Leigh, 2015
Abby Leigh lives and works in New York, NY. Her recent solo shows include Abby Leigh, Pause at 315 Gallery, New York, NY, 2015; Abby Leigh: Works, 2011/2013 at Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2014; One Evening at Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY, 2012; Abby Leigh: The Sleeper’s Eye at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, 2009; The Eye is the First Circle at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, 2007. Her recent group shows include Attention Span at Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, Spring Break Show, New York, NY, 2014; Coming Together: Surviving Sandy at Industry Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2013; Uno Per Uno, Uno Per Tutti at Lab610XL, Spazio Pariggi, Treviso, Italy, 2012; Through a Papermaker’s Eye at Grolier Club, New York, NY, 2012; Ossessione Verde at Lab10XL, Sovramonte, (BL) Italy, 2011.