Leonor da Silva: 16 Shades of Grey

18 Sep 2007 – 13 Oct 2007

Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery

Leeds, United Kingdom

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Produced using sixteen differing shades of grey pencil, this series of drawings is concerned with common heritages shared across cultural boundaries. The content of the drawings is wide and varied but representations of differing landscapes, and humanitarian issues relating to diaspora, global capitalism and commodification, are significant to each. Leonor de Silva's meticulously drawn pebbles and rocks (each referencing a particular personal journey), point towards shared historical legacies, in that while we are constrained by geographical distances, languages and cultural differences, stones and pebbles offer common ground to all people.

From a distance, each drawing appears to consist of vague masses of grey linear traces situated upon a dark surface but each image is infused with a multiplicity of layers and levels of focus, so that these large scale drawings serve to draw the onlooker in with their intricate detail.

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