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Previous Exhibits

July 16–August 21, 2011
Isa Leshko: Elderly Animals


Violet, Potbellied Pig,
Age 12
,2011
Archival pigment print,
AP, ed. of 15
9 x 9 inches
Courtesy the artist and
John Cleary Gallery,
Houston
Phyllis, Southdown,
Sheep, Age 13
,2011
Archival pigment print,
AP, ed. of 15
9 x 9 inches
Courtesy the artist and
John Cleary Gallery,
Houston

Isa Leshko’s quiet, intimate black and white portraits feature animals that are old or at the end of their lives. Most of her subjects are farm animals and pets that have been surrendered to animal sanctuaries to spend their final days. By their very nature, many farm animals do not live out their natural life spans, and the photographer was intrigued to observe animals that had reached geriatric ages. “I began this series shortly after I had spent a year in New Jersey caring for my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease,” writes Leshko. “When my mother got ill, I made a conscious decision not to photograph her. Six months after I had returned, I encountered a blind elderly horse living on a relative’s property and was compelled to photograph the animal. After reviewing my film, I realized I had found a project that would enable me to explore my feelings relating to my aging parents and my own mortality.”


Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33 2011
Archival pigment print, AP, ed. of 15
9 x 9 inches
Courtesy the artist and John Cleary Gallery, Houston

Isa Leshko grew up in Carteret, New Jersey, and received a BA from Haverford College, where she studied psychology with an emphasis on neurobiology and cognitive science. She studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Woodstock Center for Photography. Her work has been exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, and Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, among others. She recently moved from Houston to Philadelphia.