Lesley Dill (born 1950), a painter, printmaker, sculptor, photographer, and performance artist with an abiding interest in language, typically works with natural materials, including paper, charcoal, horsehair, tea, and rice.
A book of Emily Dickinson's poetry, a 40th-birthday gift from her mother, dramatically changed the direction of her art. The incorporation of language, specifically poetry, provided new layers of meaning in her art. Such works argue that our sense of self is formed in large part through language and communication.
Her work can be found in the collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art; High Museum (Atlanta, GA); Kemper Museum, Kansas City; Metropolitan Museum of Art; MoMA; Whitney Museum of American Art; and Yale University Art Gallery, among many others.
- Lesley Dill often incorporates text into her work—particularly the poetry of Emily Dickinson. For more brilliant, text-based compositions, check out Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg and Mel Bochner.
- In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, Jodi Colella also explores feminine identity by stitching atop vintage tintypes of women who have been lost to history. View her work.
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Artist Interview: Lesley DillMay 22, 2020Contemporary artist Lesley Dill elevates and provokes her chosen mediums to dazzling effect, from tea-stained paper to 19th century poetry. Read on for an exclusive interview with the Brookyln-based artist, whose mixed-media artworks grace the Zane Bennett collection. This interview was conducted over the phone from Dill's studio in Brooklyn, NY. YOU'VE SAID THAT A BOOK OF EMILY DICKINSON POEMS, GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR MOTHER, WAS THE CATALYST FOR YOUR VISUAL ART PATH. DID YOUR MOTHER OFTEN SHARE BOOKS AND POETRY WITH YOU GROWING UP? I must unfortunately answer...