Brooke Leigh’s work explores how the performative act of drawing can become a cathartic experience. In this sense, catharsis is the discharge of repressed emotions rooted in traumatic experiences.
Drawing, through its qualities of fluidity and immediacy, is a process that is always in stages of becoming.
Leigh takes an interest in how the resultant marks have the ability to reflect the artist’s bodily transition between certain functioning states––emotional, physical and psychological. Her work discovers that there is the possibility of the reassertion of control through externalisation and the possibility that the mark and performance allow one to express, recognise and thereby come to terms with bodily and emotional suffering.