In photography, a ‘light leak’ refers to an instance where a hole or gap in a camera lets light in to what is normally a light tight chamber. In this new body of work, Alexia Vogel considers the poetic and metaphorical implications of this idea in an exploration of the felt experience of light and space as rendered through paint. Vogel draws inspiration from a recent artist residency in Saint Émilion, France, undertaken in 2018, reflecting on a very specific experience while exploring its universal implications. The artist was deeply affected by the collegiate church of Saint Émilion, the sense of calm and respite to be found there, as well as entranced by the qualities and variations of light created by the architecture and stained glass. Through repeated visits Vogel zoned in on the specificities of the space– windows, columns, ceiling arches – as well as considered the expansiveness of the emotional experience engendered within. It is this expansiveness, this immersion, that the artist endeavours to bring to the current collection of work, exploring the interplay of the tangible and the intangible, the phenomenological and the spiritual.