Thicket Drawings, 2007

Thicket Drawings, 2007
Ink on paper.

“(…) Leitão’s intensely traced ink drawings depict characters dressed with protective gear who wrestle indecipherable organic shapes that range from natural-looking creeper plants to animated oil spills. It is not clear, though, if the uncanny elements are taking over or if the characters are taming the mysterious vines and spills. What is clear is that the illusion of a victimized nature is gone. For the artist, the drawings address the ambivalence between “what is nature” and “what is a mutation.” Have we created a nature that is toxic and that in its polluted version will reach us all? Are these drawings about humans trying to protect nature from the aggressions of civilization or are we trying to protect ourselves from a deviant nature? (…)” excerpt from Mónica Ramírez–Montagut text in “pretty Tough” Catalog, published by the Aldrich Museum, 2009.