In the project room the gallery is showing a selection of photographs from the series Elderly Animals by Philadelphia based artist Isa Leshko. These intimate portraits are a thoughtful testament to survival and endurance, and take an unflinching look at mortality.
Elderly Animals was inspired by the artists own feelings about aging, mortality, and loss, which she was faced with after caring for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. What started as an exorcism of grief soon transitioned into a series of dignified portraits which evoke a wide range of emotion. Since its inception, Elderly Animals has captured the hearts of the press and has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Harpers, and NPR (to name a few).
Isa Leshko has received the Houston Center for Photography Fellowship and the Silver Eye Center Photography Keystone award for her Elderly Animals project. Her prints are in numerous private and public collections including the Boston Public Library, the Harry Ransom Center, Haverford College, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.