Why did you choose the materials you chose?
One of the reasons I chose pen and ink on paper is because I love the way the ink feels on the canvas. I like how tangible and intimate drawing a line onto a surface can feel. This allows me to be present in the moment and respond to the canvas or the space I am drawing on. Nothing is more exciting to me than a blank space because I have a desire to fill it with lines.
Why are you making it? Is it an ongoing project?
The reason I am choosing to use the automatic drawing practice (and will continue to use it) is because it reflects the rawest and most immediate reaction to a page, space, or environment. I think it is important to express oneself in a way that is unplanned because preconceived ideas may allow time to leave out what you may find unnecessary upon further reflection. As humans, our instincts include protecting ourselves from danger: so allowing ourselves to become vulnerable through our rawest reactions to a canvas can be scary to say the least. Exercising the most genuine, instinctive reaction to our feeling in an environment can be both risky and exhilarating and I am infatuated with that rush.
Ideally, how would your work be shown?
Ideally, my work would consist of a live-drawing session. I would be drawing on a giant canvas or a wall so that the viewers could see my reaction to the space as I use the automatic drawing style.
Shanah Leaf was originally born in Oklahoma City, but moved to Colorado Springs with her parents and older twin brothers when she was 5 years old. She began doodling and drawing on a daily basis until she developed a passion for art and decided to pursue an Art Degree at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her first show was Wunderkind, which she participated in her senior year in High School, while her most recent show (and first solo show) was at the Heller Center on campus at UCCS this past semester. She enjoys UCCS as she is playing for the women’s basketball team, majoring in Visual and Performing Arts, and continuing to feed her passion for art daily.
Shanah Leaf is one of the artists whose work is showcased in GOCA 1420’s Senior Visual Art Exhibition, Ways of Seeing. This is the eleventh annual Senior VAPA Majors art exhibition and runs from 21 April through 13 May 2017. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. GOCA1420 is located at UCCS Centennial Hall at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, 80918.