This body of work titled ‘loose FACTS’ aims to help others find their way to share their experience living with these invisible illnesses and disabilities.
It began a collection of works created since a diagnosis of Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos (HEDs) was received by the artist just before EDS awareness month in 2020. Two artworks were created every month since and some have been shared with close community support groups who requested a book be collated as they believed the images gave language to conversations they had no words for with loved ones.
Since this time the project has expanded to covering a number of invisible disabilities and illnesses starting with those associated with many of the connective tissue disorders starting with those that the artist has been diagnosed with or has direct connection with.
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Leah Harris from LHDart
Leah is an uncommon mixture of both science and creative arts. A self-taught creative throughout life, she has lived in Sydney, Melbourne and rural Australia, inspired by her variety of experiences, her passion for living creatures and her desire for a global impact with messages that are important to her.
Leah only embarks on projects that align with her core values. Her work aims to normalize marginalized groups and highlight the importance of proper representation of all people, to show the beauty of being your authentic self. She worked with a wide range of subjects including members of the LGBTQI+ community, sex workers, athletes, children, mothers, couples, elderly people, and middle-class families. In essence she works with people being their authentic selves, using their bodies to find joy in their own life. By befriending, not objectifying her subjects, and focusing on authenticity and body positivity, she is able to capture in her work a rare emotional intensity.
As an Artist her body of work encompasses scientific and anatomical illustration, life drawing, corporate commissions, murals, performance art and graphic design. You can find her work hanging in offices, galleries and residences around the world.
Whilst pursuing her personal and business development in fine art, Leah has completed a degree in science and has worked in clinical scientific research for many years. She has also been diagnosed with Hypermobile Elhers Danlos Syndrome, Dysautonomia, Lipoedema, Lymphedema & PTSD thus she has lived firsthand experiences of surviving and thriving with an invisible illness. All the pain, stigma, misunderstandings, connections, love and support that goes along with this life.
Her body of work titled ‘loose FACTS’ aims to help others find their way to share their experience living with these invisible illnesses and disabilities.