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LeBourgeois’s paintings are inspired by Lake Michigan, which she not only lives near but also regularly swims in. Though her style shares many of the hallmarks of photorealism, she is concerned less with achieving a true visual likeness of her subject than with capturing an emotional response. Her close cropping of the composition and exacting attention to the texture of atmosphere and water effect a vastness and abstraction that gives her room to explore a scene’s kinesthetic impact. What LeBourgeois paints is not the lake itself but rather her experience of it: “There’s no way I can perceive Lake Michigan without perceiving it through my human body—eyes, skin, ears, brain, and other bodily organs.” The works consequently produce a sense of embodiment. We feel both buoyancy and depth—not just down, but also out toward the horizon and up toward the heavens as we inhabit her paintings.

One Body

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