Leslie grew up in the desert and all the while lusted after the ocean. Her work is strongly influenced by her obsession with water and love of swimming. Nautical and aquatic motifs dominate her various series. To create her compositions, Leslie sources vintage photographs from libraries and museum stock collections to collage into her art. Her combination of photography and painting is intended to represent memories and emotions, respectively. Leslie brings together a wry humor, childlike joy, and an undertone of feminism to remind of us times past and offer us a roadmap for the future. Now a resident of San Francisco, Leslie is surrounded by water in her life and work.
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About The Artist
My work has come from these memories of summers spent leaping and diving, cannonballs and back flips, breath-holding contests and looking up through chorine-filtered sunlight, daydreaming. In water, we become weightless, buoyant and free. I still seek this feeling and vantage point.
I combine two different mediums to create a hybrid image. Starting with family and personal photographs altered to be more perfectly composed, these prints are then painted over, with some parts remaining untouched. The underlying image serves as the memory. The paint on top serves as the emotion, the colors that we all have inside that adds to the memory. Together, they create a nostalgic version of the past I carry with me into the present.
Doctor of Philosophy, 1989