Within her practice, Leah Meredith tackles the current issues surrounding forced displacement of people across the world.
She believes that each and every individual has a story to tell, and it is important that we should hear and remember these stories. With her process of appropriating imagery and text from the national newspapers, The Guardian and The Independent, she extends the moments of these tragic events through the medium of drawing and painting. Each individual painting tells a story of that person, but when viewed with other paintings in the series, the individual becomes a part of the mass.
They are gone.
Unless you take your time to look at them.
Raw, poignant and profoundly honest, Leah captures an intimate and sincere portrait of humanity. Ensuring that every human being is treated with dignity and understanding, capturing the displaced individuals of conflict and persecution at their most open and vulnerable moments on their journey to safety, while also addressing the absence of those whose lives have been lost as a result of displacement, by using the symbolism of a vacant chair.