This is a fascinating exploration of how artist Leslie Reid's treatment of light and space has evolved over the last three decades. This thoroughly illustrated monograph traces the 30-year evolution of Canadian painter Leslie Reid's treatment of light and space, revealing that although her extraordinarily subtle landscapes are grounded in observation, their objectivity is underpinned by the preliminary photographs that allow her to contemplate the sensations and emotions evoked by place. "A Darkening Vision" refers not to her palette, but to the intensifying feeling in her work of the tenuous nature of life. The paintings presented are grouped thematically: 'Air' sets works from the 1970s, liminally abstract, delicately nuanced paintings; 'Earth' groups paintings from the artist's travels in France, England, and California during the 1980s and 90s; 'Water' spans the mid 1990s to the present, when Reid was focused more narrowly on family property in Quebec. For Reid, the sensory experience of the landscape is deeply imbued with feeling - what interests her are the perceptual and psychological sensations provoked by the experience of a particular place.
Publisher: Carleton University