Leah Yerpe creates charcoal and graphite drawings of human bodies multiplied to form abstract shapes and compositions. Often scaled to life-size, these figures are simultaneously floating, falling, and twisting across an ambiguous space created by the blank white paper background. The bodies carry a feeling of contradiction between harmony and discord as they push and pull each other, forming constellations on the paper’s surface. Leah never poses her models; they have free reign to move in an immediate, improvised dance. This fluidity contrasts with a fastidious drawing process, where every tiny gesture and wrinkle take on great significance.
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