Tansey Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works from fiber artist Lesley Richmond, on display from April 8 through April 29, 2016 at 652 Canyon Road, Santa Fe NM.
Inspired by the architectural elegance of trees and natural forms Lesley creates exquisite textiles that simulate organic surfaces. Her work is an intricate detail of layers carefully constructed to emulate the natural light and texture of a forest. Her exploration and use of negative space, color and dimension creates atmospheric, visually intriguing works, deeply connecting the viewer with the elements of nature.
Lesley’s captivation with the rich symbolism and history of trees results in her continued exploration into the microcosm of nature, its life cycles and the layered details of the forest floor. Her exhibition will present new pieces from her Skyline/Treeline series looking at the sensation of distance and perspective, drawing the eye into the piece and up towards the horizon. In honor and celebration of nature and Earth Day Lesley will also exhibit work in the form of Mandalas based on tree and leaf forms.
Applying her own interpretation of the devoré technique Lesley begins by photographing trees focusing on the intricacy of their branching structures and then printing these images onto two cloth types, cotton and silk. She then she eliminates selected background areas using a chemical process, which dissolves the cotton leaving the structural image of trees. Finally Lesley adds layers and paint with metal patinas and pigments completing the illusion of organic decay.
Lesley’s work has been featured in the Triennial of Tapestry in Ludz Poland and is in both public and private collections around the world. Museums exhibiting her work include the Central Museum of Textiles in Ludz Poland and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton MA. Born in Cornwall, England Lesley now resides in Vancouver, BC where she works full time in her studio.
Join us for the opening reception, Friday April 8, from 5-7pm.