Anne Leone: Paintings

August 12 - September 12, 2011

Since 1993, Anne Leone's paintings of figures suspended in water have been featured in many exhibitions in the US and abroad. These swimming figures, unbound by gravity, capture an ethereal moment in which trepidation and pleasure co-mingle in an environment of murky depths and crystalline lights.

The Cenote Series is based on recent experiences in natural limestone pools, or cenotes, in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Inconspicuous from above, these cenotes are surface portals to a vast and deep aquatic cave system. Though very dark, sunlight streams into these caves through water as clear as air. This dramatic environment engendered Leone to handle the paint in a more subtle way than she has in the past. The muffled silence of being underwater is palpable in each scene, and we are permitted a slower, more meditative entry into the image.

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