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Stark Charcoal Drawings by Leah Biggs


A charcoal drawing of a woman sitting in a chair, smoking and waiting for a phone to ringBusy, charcoal

 


Portfolio website of Leah Biggs' charcoal drawings.A gallery of Leah Biggs' charcoal drawings on her portfolio page

The artworks of Leah Biggs – particularly her stark charcoal drawings - echo the imagery of film noir of the 1940’s and 50’s. The drawings are in black and white and feature lone, faceless figures, placed near telephones.

 


An ink drawing of a rotary telephoneTelephone, ink

There is a palpable sense of unrest and loneliness in Leah’s drawings – the fact that the faces of her figures are always hidden, that they are usually smoking cigarettes or clutching telephone receivers, even the high-contrast, shadowy lighting of the scenes, all  lend to a heavy, moody tone. As a viewer, it’s really interesting to see how these formal aspects of the artwork have such a strong effect on the way the audience interprets them – and it’s always great to see works that elicit such a powerful emotional response.

 

Also available on Leah’s website are her ink drawings – these drawings are not quite as tightly realistic as her charcoal works, but are equally high-contrast and striking. Often using subject matter that might be linked more to themes of fashion, or consumerism – shoes, bags, etc. – Leah allows us to contemplate our own relationships to these objects.

 


A charcoal drawing of a woman in a cocktail dress holding a gun and a cigaretteDone, charcoal


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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