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Artist Bio

 

Raised in the small country town of Paris, Texas, Leah Beth Flippen was a self-taught artist through her many years of adventurous global wanderlust, and then formally trained in painting and photography at the University of Texas.

Inspired primarily by the great painters of the Baroque period, the Pre-Raphaelites, and classical antiquity, her work often resonates with echoes of the art historical canon.

Continuously evolving through the spaces of creative femininity, Leah is a Painter, Photographer, and Transmedia Artist. Her focus is on the production of work that is relevant and vital in the complex terrain of the volatile 21st-century environment, specifically researched through the lineage of spiritual traditions at the heart of cultures across the globe.

She is currently developing a new body of her most ambitious work yet, building an innovative window to the sacred traditions of the human spirit through the languages of myth, allegory, and archetypes. Each piece of this series is created through a multitude of meticulous processes, combining large format 4x5 film photography, digital photography, and digital painting.

 

Artist Statement

 

a lover of convulsive beauty,

priestess of earthen rites,

a spirit softly burning with a thousand dreams,

enraptured by the breathing phenomenon of nature.

 

multilingual; fluent in the languages of passion, alchemy, image-making,

and the sacred art of self-decoration.

a painter’s soul, as gentle as the wise woman’s knowing,

feverish with creative fire, sacred instincts, and veiled, erotic urges.

 

a kaleidoscope bestowed with consciousness

and aspirations towards the infinite,

yearning to lean softly against the cheek of God.

 

the universal divine feminine spirit is re-emerging:

inextinguishable, archetypal, mystical, sexual and cyclical,

eternally linked to the primeval and vital lineage of the wild woman self.

a shifting paradigm in a technologic sphere,

as the boundaries of the binary system blur.

 

liberated by mythology,

breathing new life into dead or dying concepts:

saturnalia,

the ancient tongue of the pantheon,

the ephemera of myth and dreams,

the immortal thirst for splendor.

 

melting into the clarity of the eternal moment,

as one who marches into the depths of the jungle

and returns

clear-eyed,

gravid with wisdom,

plunging fearlessly into the abyss of an abstract and shapeless beauty.

 

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