Contemporary American artist Lesley Dill is a sculptor, photographer, printmaker and performance artist. She explores the human form, language, sensory experience and their interactions.
Dill's work is both ephemeral and spiritual, drawing on her travels in India and her interest in Buddhism. She uses bronze, photography, poetry, thread, wire and paper to sculpt figures and build tapestries. Her pieces give visual form to poetic texts by Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, Franz Kafka and others. For Dill, words are her "spiritual armor," and she freely stitches and weaves them across the surfaces of her multi-layered works.
In this first retrospective exhibition of her work, she focuses on her most recent large-scale theatrical pieces.
We are Animals of Language, a documentary created by Lesley Dill’s filmmaker husband, is showing every hour in the gallery. The film, created over the course of time while she prepared for an exhibition of her work, showcases Dill’s work, creation, and the background and meaning behind it all. It provides great insight from the artist herself into the complicated and intriguing pieces that belong to her larger body of work. 60 minutes.
Visit the multimedia page of this site or use your cellphone for a free audiotour of the exhibition, by Lesley Dill and in her own voice.
A catalogue of this exhibition is available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
The exhibition was organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee in conjunction with George Adams Gallery, New York.
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes
Gregory Wych, D.D.S.
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