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Leah Virsik: COMMON THREAD

July 29th, 2022 – September 3rd, 2022

Leah Virsik’s new collages contain bits of material from previous projects. Her work is formal, consisting of color, line, texture, form, value, shape, and space. Blues and oranges, complementary colors on the color wheel, convey emotional meaning. In Virsik’s work, blues represent comfort and disappointment; while golds, yellows, and browns represent her optimism and warmth.

Virsik’s works contain thread and stitching, painted over self-portraits, silk organza, prints and old business cards, and dots and holes, all which reveal and conceal. These bits of material, no longer used for their original purpose, now torn or cut and repurposed, speak of potentiality and a remaking of the self.

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Leah Virsik; Unity 01, 2022; found and painted papers, linen thread, copper tape, silk organza on paper; 5 x 3 1/2 inches, photo by artist
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Leah Virsik

Leah Virsik is an Oakland-based visual artist whose work is primarily driven by materials and includes collage, sculptural fiber, and book arts. She has a BS in Marketing from California State University, East Bay and a MFA in Art from San
Francisco State University. Her work has been exhibited at Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland; Incline Gallery, SOMArts, and the City College of San Francisco Art Gallery in San Francisco; and galleryFritz in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among others. She is a recipient of a San Francisco State/Kala Art Institute MFA Fellowship (2014), Leo D. Stillwell Jr. Scholarship (2015), Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship (2015), and a Sher-Right Scholarship (2016). Virsik gave her work away for free as an Artist-in-Residence at Free Oakland UP (2017). Leah teaches art to middle school and high school students and book arts at Feather River Art Camp. She also does freelance book design.

Mercury 20 Gallery

475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
Tel: 510-701-4620

Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt