"To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath
the surfaces...to record the qualities of nature and humanity
which are latent in all things."
A native of New York City’s Washington Heights, Amaryllis León is a visual artist who has recently emerged within the art community to fulfill her passion. Ms. León is a landscape photographer whose unique vision seeks to capture rarely viewed environments and present them in an unusual way. It may be a lonesome tree on an isolated hill or the dark exterior of an abandoned building, Ms. León’s artistic imagery expresses the enduring spirit of the landscape and stirs within the viewer unexpected feelings. Her photography not only conveys a haunting beauty, but also evokes a deep sense of mystery, as if one is looking into an unexplored world we don’t normally see.
As a self-taught photographer, her subject matter comes from a place of intuition and is inspired by a desire to participate in her environment and to seek the unknown. Ms. León’s black and white landscapes compel you to look beyond the obvious, to feel its textures, to wonder at the diversity of its myriad patterns—in effect, to bring you into the landscape. Her creative process usually involves visiting a location several times in order to get a feel for the site’s character. She then concentrates on creating well composed and oddly angled scenes that depict the harmonious and sometimes distorted relationship between nature and her surrounding architecture.
In 2011 Ms. León participated in her first group exhibit at the annual Hudson View Gardens Art Show in upper Manhattan where she showcased her feminist-themed digital photo collages. Her surrealist style often centered on concepts involving self-identity, its conflict and the search for female-centered empowerment. Since then she has participated in several group shows within Washington Heights including the Women in the Heights exhibit and the Uptown Arts Stroll, both sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. More recently, Ms. León’s work was featured at the Edgar Alan Poe Cottage gallery located in The Bronx.
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