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Ocean's Top Ten Painting

Leisa Rich


Painting, Fabric on Wood

Size: 47.5 W x 44 H x 1.3 D in

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This work addresses the Top Ten Endangered sea creatures. Constructed in various layered fabrics on board, I have used collaging and applique techniques, free motion embroidery - a method of "painting" using sewing thread on a sewing machine - embroidery, and hand dyeing. I created an "oily" surface that mimics the oil spills, an environmental disaster. Yet even in catastrophe, there is always some beauty to be found. In 1987 I read the book Diet For A New America, and after Chapter 1, switched to a vegetarian diet. I have never wavered from that decision to respect the planet through what I put in my mouth. Many of my fiber art/mixed media works have always been about nature, human impact, and creating an alternate reality within which to escape. This piece is in a professionally framed, gorgeous, iridescent blue painted wood frame. It is much more beautiful in person than any photograph can capture.

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Painting:Fabric on Wood

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Size:47.5 W x 44 H x 1.3 D in

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Leisa Rich was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, but spent most of her adult life living and working in the U.S. and traveling the world. In October 2020, Leisa returned to live permanently in Canada. Her home and studio/gallery is in a 100 year old farmhouse with recent modern additions, on 3+ acres of Old MacDonald's Farm, on Howe Island, on the mighty St. Lawrence River. The island has no retail, no doctors, nothing but cottages and houses, animals and birds, thousands of honking geese in the late fall and early spring, and is accessible only by ferry! It is to nature that Rich turns for much of her subject matter. Her destiny as a fiber artist began early with a satin trimmed blankie; Leisa had to run the satin through her fingers from one end to the other before she could fall asleep. As a child, she spent years in the hospital due to illness and deafness, dressing her Barbie and Ken in clothes her mother made. Tactile sensations were there even when sound and humans were not. Leisa is legally deaf. Rich is a very experimental artist working primarily with fibers and mixed media in 2D, sculptural, and installation formats, and incorporates 3D printing, laser engraving, AI and other unexpected techniques into her textural art works. One of her favored techniques is free-motion machine embroidery -- a method of drawing and building texture using a sewing machine and thread -- and hand embroidery, sewing, dyeing, and more. Rich holds Master of Fine Art- Fibers, Bachelor of Fine Art- Fibers, and Bachelor of Education in Art degrees, cum laude. She has exhibited in notable museums such as the Dallas Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in many galleries/arts centers, and featured in televised interviews and features. Her work is published in over 100 books, magazines and on-line publications. Leisa published a children's book in 2015 on Amazon that features 52 dioramas she constructed of fiber techniques and materials, and in 2019, a series of How-To art books about Fosshape© that are available on Rich has taught art for 49 years in universities, arts centers, art retreats, The High Museum, Atlanta, and at her own art schools. Rich has art works in the permanent collections of Hilton Hotels,Inc., Delta Airlines Inc.

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