Teased and seduced

"All at Sea", by Kirsty O'Leary-Leeson (2011)

We’re always thrilled to pass along news about our contributors, but today’s post is special because it also concerns a specific contribution. British artist Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson, whose beautiful and enigmatic artwork ran in the most recent issue of SCOPE alongside “Pwomes”, Stephanie Anderson’s memoir of post-earthquake Haiti, was recently selected to appear on the art-market-reality show Show Me the Monet on BBC Two. And the piece she chose to compete with was “All at Sea” (2011), which appears on page 32 of our issue.

Although the show can be nerve-wracking at times — artists must face the judgement of a panel of professional art critics, and then the even-tougher judgement of anonymous bidders — Kirsty’s work won over both audiences. Said panelist and art historian (and editor of the irreverent art magazine The Jackdaw) David Lee, “I don’t know what it’s about, but I’m sufficiently teased and seduced by it to want to get to know what it might be about. You don’t very often come across work that wants to draw you in, and which tells you that somebody’s trying to communicate with you.”

Watch the segment below, and then be sure to visit her site: http://www.kirstyoleary.co.uk/current-work.php  Along with her recent work there are some gorgeous new pieces to see — I’m particularly taken by “Stealing The Light From The Sun” — and to buy.