The VoiceCatcher Art Gallery
Curated by April Bullard
This series of articles showcases the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does and a challenge to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope it will prompt a lively dialogue among authors and artists that will expand creative possibilities for everyone.
About the artist
Lea started off as an actress in Los Angeles but, after deciding that acting was not for her, she went back to school where she discovered art. Art spoke to her in a way that acting never had. Now she is much happier painting demons than becoming them. When she is not covered in oil paint, she also enjoys tennis, bike riding and beating her husband at pool. Lea lives in Portland with her husband, her boy and her cat.
Meaning behind the art
The aesthetic world of Lea Barozzi is a purgatorial realm where a living fog sustains a sense of static tension and freezes the emotional states of its subjects in contemplative introspection. It is punctuated by symbolic props that engage the viewer with instant metaphorical recognition and elements of surprise which draw on our love of mystery.
Her canvases are populated with little maidens and echoes of discarded dolls who are no strangers to loneliness, but who persevere to find their way in the dark out of the corners they have found themselves painted into.
I don’t really talk about my art. I’d rather viewers draw their own conclusion from the images and titles. I want my work to explore the perils and peace in the isolation we all find ourselves reluctantly enjoying when no one else is there.
Where to find Lea’s art
Her graphic design projects include punk bands, coffee shops, foreign cities and non-profit organizations. Her illustrations have been featured on CD covers, books, jewelry and apparel. Lea’s art work currently hangs in galleries around Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, California.
The Artist’s Challenge
Image you are sitting across from one of the women in Lea’s paintings. What is her story? What questions would you ask her? What might she tell you about how she got inside this painting?