In her latest body of work Leah Mariani explores the link between fashion and identity.
While it is well established that what we wear portrays a message about how we are Mariani considers how what we wear tells a story about who we love.
It is not uncommon for couples, close friends or siblings to dress alike. Whether done consciously or subconsciously, it shows that our choices about what we wear are influenced by our significant relationships.
Not surprisingly, the subjects of this series are mostly couples and siblings. The subjects often look alike and whilst they may not be dressed identically, their clothing is replaced by flat areas of matching pattern, irrevocably connecting them. Her compositions are influenced by early portrait photographers, such as August Sander.
Mariani is an award winning Melbourne based artist, producing prints, paintings, and mixed media. She won the 2013 Yen Magazine Art Prize and was shortlisted for the Agendo Award. Mariani was identified as an emerging artist by Toyota and has been selected as a finalist for the 2014, 2013 and 2012 Lethbridge 10000 Small-Scale Art Prize in Brisbane. In 2011, she was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Metro Art Award and the Box Hill Community Arts Centre Biennial Art Competition. Her painting won best oil painting at the 2011 Albert Park Collage Art Show.