Visual Artist / Illustrator
I was born during the Halloween season, imagining what is unseen for as long as I can remember. During my adolescence, I struggled with night terrors, at once being in fear of and fascinated by the dark. I had recurring dreams of a red house with a narrow twisting stairway. These long nights would leave a vivid imprint on my waking hours. I held onto the instinctive wisdom of sleep as a way to dispel these specters back into the darkness where they belonged. My work reflects a skeptical curiosity, offering a lightness to the monsters of folklore. I implore the viewer to embrace these characters with sympathy, and to see their fears as they are reflected upon what cannot be seen.
In my early twenties, the same presence had followed me to work at an old theatre, where I stitched costumes late into the night while displaced voices echoed through the rafters. In these years, I found myself slipping close to the veil. As I regained health, I began to study art history and the occult. I found power in the language of symbols and ritual practice. My work draws heavily on this time, much of my work acts as a conduit for my exploration of darkness and light. As an adult, I imagine the good and evil that exists within us all. By night, I still often lay awake to see claw-like branches and shrouds flapping in the wind, and they inspire me to create, question, and continue to toe the line between the mundane and the twilight world of spirits.
Prints of my work are available here. You will also find a collection of Greeting Cards and Handmade Patches.
If you are interested in purchasing an original piece or have a project to propose, please contact me by email at Leighanita@gmail.com
b. 1991, York, ME
Education and Credentials
Fine Arts Foundation, 2010 – Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum laude, Communication, with a Cinema Studies minor, 2014 – University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
Communication Distinguished Scholarship Award, 2015 – University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
Honorable Mention, Scholastic Art Awards, 2010 – Heartwood College of Art, Kennebunk, Maine
Exhibitions and Juried Shows
2019 - Daughters of Darkness, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts
2019 - Black Heart Art and Beer Fest - Notch Brewing. Salem, Massachusetts
2019 - Featured Artist - Vanity Salon, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2019 - Featured Artist - Pin Up Salon, Dover, New Hampshire
2018 - Grave Tidings Night Market, The Cellar, Hotel Salem, Salem, Massachusetts
2018 - November Damnation, Deacon Giles Distillery, Salem, Massachusetts
2018 - The October Fair - The Graphic Jam, Beverly, Massachusetts
2018 - Horror Trivia, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2018 - September Damnation, Deacon Giles Distillery, Salem, Massachusetts
2018 – “Strange Magick” - Deadwick’s Dark Arts and Crafts Faire, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2018 – “Jinxed” - Deadwick’s Dark Arts and Crafts Faire, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2018 – Daughters of Darkness, The Witch House, Salem, Massachusetts
2017 – Darkness and Light, The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2017 – October Fair, The Graphic Jam, Beverly, Massachusetts
2017 - Seacoast Congress of Sound, Rock Maple Woods, Strafford, New Hampshire
2017 – Featured Artist, Lost Coast, Kittery, Maine
2017 – Deadwick’s Dark Arts and Crafts Faire, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2014 – Halloween, Oomph Salon, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2010 – Scholastic Art Awards, Heartwood College of Art, Kennebunk, Maine
**2019 - Poster Design, Short Film Piece. TBA.
2017 – Interior Lights, Album Cover (2017). [Recorded by L’Eclipse Nue]. Interior Lights. [Casette]. Evora, Portugal: Atelier 5-7-5.
Lukather, C. E., (2018, September 22). The art of Anita Leigh. Writing Disorder. Retrieved from http://writingdisorder.com/leigh-anita-artwork/
Raissa (2018, June 18). New England based artist explores solitude and darkness picturing female body in an alternative way. Arcana Magazine. Retrieved from https://arcanamag.com/LEIGH-ANITA
Vakos, E. (2018, February 9). Eros in an envelope. Dear Darkling. Retrieved from http://www.deardarkling.com/eros-envelope-valentines-dark-romances/
Fraser, L., & Healey, K. (2017). A common darkness: Style and spirituality in Goth subculture. Journal of Popular Music Studies.
Lee, J. “Wooed by the Spooky: The work of Leigh Anita Fraser.” Dime Entertainment Magazine. 2.10. (2016). 38-45.
The Antichrist’s Funbook, 2016 – Volume #1.
Say You Love Satan, 2016 – Monsters Holding Bitches Zine #6.
A Tribute to Wes Craven, 2015 – Monsters Holding Bitches Zine #4.
Fraser, L. (2015). Songs of Faith and Devotion: The 1980’s, religion and dark salvation in Gothic subculture. UNH Comm-Entary.
Kong and His Pals, 2014 – Monsters Holding Bitches Zine #1.
Fraser, L. (2014). Skepticism as rhetorical strategy in scientific argument. UNH Comm-Entary.
** Indicates upcoming work