About the Artist
Leslie Blackmon has been exhibiting her work in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland for the past eleven years. She holds a Master Certificate of Drawing and Painting from the Washington Studio School and works from her studio in the Jackson Art Center in DC.
I am a painter and a collage artist. I love the materiality of paint and the expressive power of brushwork. I love the freedom and playful spontaneity of collage, and it is with this technique that I am my most inventive.
I turn to many sources to develop my imagery. I grew up in the American South and that place has a strong hold on me, though I left it at the age of 22. I have travelled widely and have wound up far from home, both literally and figuratively; thus, many disparate places, events, cultural attitudes, and people crowd my memories. Painting is a way for me to reconnect with my distant past and to reconcile my present with the very different life I left behind. Because memories are vague and fleeting, I turn to many sources to develop my imagery for paintings: Southern literature, old family photos, travel sketches and inventive sketching from my own memory. Sometimes an image will emerge that is especially compelling, visually and symbolically, and I will paint multiple variations of that image to explore all of its possibilities. One series generates the imagery for the next, in an ongoing process of mining the past.
I move freely between nonrepresentational and figurative abstraction, as my process and content dictate. Although I use visual references, I rely most on intuition and invention. Images often become distorted and combine in surreal ways in my works, just as they do in dreams and in fading memories of events. I welcome this strangeness.
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