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Fetish and Fascination: An Interview with Visual Artist Joanne Leah
(Interview conducted by @alexi)
Artist and photographer Joanne Leah has morphed from a sculptor to a photographer and art director; her personal work illustrates that influence with its sculptural, sensual quality.
Her subject matter is wearable sculpture and models often hold bizarre poses in unconventional materials that force the viewer to take a second look. In exploring humans’ physical relationship with ordinary objects, Leah has created a body of work that is both uncomfortable and beautiful; a place that celebrates humor, sexuality, and self-expression in equal parts. She looks ahead and pushes the boundaries of her work within the mediums of film and installations.
Tell us a little bit about your background—have you always been interested in photography?
I never considered myself a photographer. I was a sculpture student but switched to studying fashion design because I wanted to make wearable sculptures. I took photography classes in college to document my work. I have always explored interactions with the human form.
How did you arrive at your distinct photographic style?
At first I was shy about my ideas, asking strangers to remove their clothes and get into uncomfortable positions while I apply things to their bodies. My color palette started as dark and muted but has transformed into bright and vivid.
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