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Leah Mariani chose the creative path of a visual artist over her accounting profession when she became a mother and needed an outlet for herself. Working across print-making, oils, collage and drawing, Leah’s works examine themes of identity and gender roles

12 June 2020

Designer Spotlight: Leah Mariani Artist Prints

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Accountant turned visual artist, Leah: ‘I’m passionate about equality and a lot of my work examines gender roles. Nearly all my work is figurative, touching on the themes of identity.’

My name is Leah Mariani and I'm a Melbourne based visual artist making art about identity and relationships.

Colourful limited edition prints of Leah Mariani’s original collage artworks including ‘Life is a Merry-go-round’

I am interested in people and what makes them tick. I am particularly interested in the way society and familial expectations mould us into gender conforming ways of behaviour. I'm passionate about equality and a lot of my work examines gender roles.

Leah Mariani chose the creative path of a visual artist over her accounting profession when she became a mother and needed an outlet for herself. Working across print-making, oils, collage and drawing, Leah’s works examine themes of identity and gender roles

Nearly all my work is figurative, touching on the themes of identity. My earlier work focused almost exclusively on childhood but since then I have expanded to topics of womanhood and fairytales.

Leah Mariani’s colourful collage artwork, ‘Geisha’; ‘In addition to being an artist, I’m also a qualified accountant’

In addition to being an artist, I'm also a qualified account. After working in finance for many years, I turned to art in 2010. This coincided with me becoming a mother. I wanted to do something that would give me an outlet while I was at home with the kids.

Leah Mariani in her home studio with a large work in progress

It was also a way of reconnecting with myself during a time when it is easy to lose your sense of identity. Once you have children you become so focused on them, it was important for me to have something just for me. Since then, I have completed a Diploma of Visual Art at Box Hill Institute and a Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts at VCA.

Print of Leah Mariani’s original work, ‘Road Trip’; ‘Working at home is convenient with two children but it’s not particularly conducive to printmaking’

I work from my tiny home studio, where I live with my two boys and my husband. Working at home is convenient with two children but it's not particularly conducive to printmaking. So, while I mainly create at home, I have been utilising the printmaking facilities at the universities whilst studying.

A Leah Mariani print entitled ‘Open Shut them’ featuring a young woman kicking an AFL football

Within printmaking I have done linocuts, etching, drypoint and screen printing. Outside of printmaking, I work mainly in oil painting, paper collage and drawing. These are all hand made processes and if you are not sure what any of them are, don't worry, I have a little summary on my website.

Leah Mariani at work on a painting in her home studio; ‘I love one-off boutique and second-hand products. It’s a bit like owning an original artwork’

I first came across Madeit 10 years ago when I had my first child. The handmade children's products are so adorable and I have bought a number of things for my sons. I love that these products are original and different to anything you can find in retail shops and department stores. I'm not someone who goes for expensive designer brands. I love one-off, boutique and second-hand products. It's a bit like owning an original work of art: each piece is unique.

Ten of Leah Mariani’s figurative artworks printed on greeting cards

Currently I use Wix for my artist website, but it gets expensive once you add on merchant services. So I retuned to Madeit and discovered that for sellers it is affordable and easy to use. I love that it's Australian and supports small local businesses, so I decided to set up my own store with Madeit for all my works on paper.

A framed print of Leah Mariani’s ‘Grey Star’ perched on a wooden stool

I've got so much artwork just sitting around at home collecting dust, so I decided to use this iso time to go through everything and upload it to Madeit.com.au. Madeit also connects me with people outside my existing audience, and so I get to meet new people like you. It's so lovely to meet you.



Visit Leah Mariani Artist Prints to find more of Leah’s figurative works on paper: LeahMarianiArtSpace

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