By Phil Hutinet with Hill Rag
January 12, 2023
“Hoopties & Hoagies” by Rosa Leff, 16”x20”, Hand Cut Paper. Courtesy Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
“Pastports” Cut Paper Landscapes
by Rosa Leff
4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville MD
At first glance, Rosa Leff’s works look like digitally altered photographs or screen prints. However, the works are made of paper which the artist painstakingly creates by cutting with an exacto knife from a single sheet. While in isolation during the pandemic, like many artists, Leff had time to contemplate her archive and discovered elements in her travel photos which she previously ignored. “Pastports” examines the changing ebb and flow of the cities Leff explored over the years in China, Japan and the US. She explains what she has come to understand about changing urban landscapes in the following way: “What I love about cities is that they’re always changing. Businesses come and go. Neighborhoods become trendy. Others fall into disrepair. Offices are torn down. Condos go up. And even when things seem to stay the same, the people change. These changes become part of the background of our lives and we may not really even notice them. But when one has the opportunity to return to a place they once loved after a long time there’s the feeling that everything, all of it, is different.” Through January 29.