With just a glance at one of Lea Colombo’s photographs, you’ll instantly recognize it as hers: hazy, psychedelic and saturated in profound colour, the self-taught South African artist’s work is a multi-faceted exploration of feminine energy, the self, and the emotion-provocation of colour.
Colombo’s distinctive style has made her a favourite of leading fashion publications and brands alike – from Dazed and i-D, to Marni and Versace. This year, however, the artist has been working tirelessly on an entirely personal project which sees her turn the camera on herself. Titled Colours of My Body, the work comprises Colombo’s first solo show – currently staged in both Cape Town and Los Angeles – and a larger-than-life 600-page book of the same name, which is set to arrive in December.
Investigating Colombo’s “relationship with her higher self”, the exhibition is a kaleidoscopic ode to colour and the female form, spanning a variety of mixed media including sculpture, photography, and drawing, and including more than 77 original prints, bronze and stone sculptures, lighting, furniture, and installation art. When probed about how working on this body of work has felt in comparison to making fashion imagery, Colombo simply responded, “Free.”
Here, speaking in her own words:
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