Lynne Leegte (British, 1965) makes installations, sculptures, and photographs. In her work an omnipresent timeless tranquility, reflection, and a feeling of melancholy prevail. Her themes revolve around transience and death, but also touch the spheres of consolation and fleeting beauty.
Each work emerges from an idea. Leegte does not allow herself to be limited by the technical restrictions of a fixed medium. Her work ranges from small, delicate hand-carved objects to full-size monumental installations. She considers herself a sculptor in the widest sense of the word, something that is also evident in her photography.
In Leegte’s sculptures alabaster is a much-used material. The transparency of this stone, which seems to retain the light, strengthens the fragile atmosphere of the object. She sculpts the material in a precise and intensive way until a fragility emerges that is characteristic of much of her work.
The large tactile quality of her sculptures is also present in her photographs. Here, the textures and spaciousness are emphasized by a soft slanting light, reminding one of seventeenth-century painters. The photographs have been constructed: sometimes her work figures in a space or even features Leegte herself, sometimes she uses filters to achieve a certain effect. The filters consist of diverse materials or substances the effect of which is already apparent when looking through the lens. For a series of landscapes, she once made photographs using a glass container filled with olive oil as the filter. The resulting deformations and color nuances yielded new views that conjure up associations with landscapes by Ruysdael.
Lynne Leegte has made installations at various special locations. Often these were historical buildings with a unique status of their own. Her goal is to stay as close as possible to the physical but also functional character of the building. Her installations intervene with the interior in a natural way, triggering spontaneous questions as a result of the unnatural situation that has been created.
Style, ambiance, color, and history are taken into account, resulting in works that exude a monumental stillness.