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Leah Marie Mariani

ABN 60 749 478 239

Surrey Hills, Australia 3127 

info@leahmariani.com

Cut from the same cloth

Have you ever noticed that friends and couples often dress alike? More than anything our intimate relationships shape who we are, and impact how we look. This series explores the link between fashion and identity. While it is well established that what we wear portrays a message about how we are, my work more specifically considers how what we wear tells a story about who we love. It is not uncommon for couples and close friends to look and dress alike. Like attracts like. Similarly twins and other siblings are often dressed the same by their parents or may do so of their own accord. Whether done consciously or subconsciously, it shows that our choices about what we wear are influenced by our significant relationships. It is in this manner that I explore identity.

Not surprisingly the subjects of my paintings are mostly couples and siblings. Photos of family and friends form the basis for much of the work. The subjects mostly look alike and whilst they may not be dressed identically, their clothing is replaced by flat areas of matching pattern, irrevocably connecting them. 

 

I am also inspired by fashion photography especially when there is a decorative element. The inclusion of pattern in each composition is done through the use of patterned fabric. Remnants of printed cotton and linen fabrics are stretched over stretcher bars or stuck on traditional canvas. The use of fabric in this way provides an additional link with fashion as the material used to create fashion in life is the same material used to represent fashion in my work.

The dreamers
oil on cotton, 44cm x 34cm, $350. Winner of the Yen art award 2013.
After the ball
oil on cotton fabric, 44cm x 34cm, $350.
Yellow dress
oil on cotton fabric, 40cm x 30cm, $350.
Beach bums
oil on cotton fabric, 40cm x 30cm, $350. Lethbridge 10000 award finalist.
Double trouble
oil on cotton, 44cm x 34cm framed, $350.
Little dancers
oil on cotton fabric, 44cm x 34cm, framed, $350.
Poolside
sold
Red icy poles
sold
Sander girls
sold
Market day
sold
Peas in a pod
sold
Twice as nice
sold
Twin set
sold
Thick as thieves
sold
Superheros in training
sold
Little princes
linocut print, image size 18cm x 18cm, limited edition.
Cowboys & indians
linocut print, image size 18cm x 18cm, limited edition. Also in black & white.
Royalty
linocut print, image size 18cm x 18cm, limited edition.
Little dancers
linocut print, image size 18cm x 18cm, limited edition.
Beach bums
linocut print, image size 18cm x 18cm, limited edition.
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The cocktail hour
linocut print, artist proof, 22cm x 30cm.
Forever young
sold
Stand by me
sold
Endless summer
sold
Sleeping beauty
sold
By the sea
sold
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The dreamers

oil on cotton, 44cm x 34cm, $350. Winner of the Yen art award 2013.