"there's no through trail" —Han-Shan, translated by Gary Snyder

Leah Oates

Issue: Fall 2016
Artist’s Statement

The Transitory Space series deals with urban and natural locations that are transforming due to the passage of time, altered natural conditions and a continual human imprint.In everyone and in everything there are daily changes and this series articulates fluctuation in the photographic image and captures movement through time and space.Transitory spaces have a messy human energy that is perpetually in the present yet continually altering. They are endlessly interesting, alive places where there is a great deal of beauty and fragility.


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Leah Oates has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She was a Fulbright Fellow for study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Works on paper by Oates are in numerous public collections, including the Harvard University Libraries, The Brooklyn Museum Artists’ Book Collection, The Walker Art Center Libraries, The Smithsonian Libraries and the Franklin Furnace Archive at MoMA, NYC.