Leslie Fry

Artist Email: lfry@lesliefry.com

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Artist Statement

My sculptures and works on paper are inspired by basic human needs: food, shelter, clothing, love, and consciousness. I model, cast, draw, and print by combining organic materials such as plants, paper, clay, and fabric, with plaster, concrete, rubber, metal and resin. The intersection of the natural world and the human-made world drives my work. Mining for inspiration from the remains of those worlds, I integrate the human body with architecture, flora and fauna, melding fragments from each into moments of wholeness.

Diverse influences come from literature, psychology, mythology – and in the visual arts, range from the body/spirit experience of medieval architecture to the theatrical narratives of William Kentridge.

Currently I am working on a series of cast resin and ceramic sculptures called Supports, where architectural details are crossed with the human form. The sculptures range in height from one to ten feet, and are based on traditional supports such as brackets, legs, and columns that I overlay with corresponding human anatomy (arm muscles and tendons carved into a bracket, for example). Exploring how the weight of responsibility and the bearing of burdens can uplift or crush the individual spirit is translated in Supports via imagery and text. Drawings and words are carved and glazed into the sculptures’ surfaces to evoke feelings of endurance, bearing weight, high and low emotions, spirit, holding together and falling apart.

My art has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the globe including Artists Space and Exit Art in New York; Kunsthaus in Hamburg; Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul; Windspiel Galerie in Vienna; Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum near Boston; and Centre des Arts Visuels in Montreal. Corporate and public collections include Songchu Art Valley International Sculpture Park, Kohler Arts Center, Tampa Museum of Art, Fleming Museum, Whole Foods Market, and Milan Hilton.
Public projects have been specific responses to architecture, history, and landscape. Commissions include Wave Hill, New York; International Sculpture Festa, Seoul; Tufts University, Boston; Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; Housing Vermont and Burlington City Arts, Vermont; and Pinellas County Cultural Affairs, Tampa Public Art Program, and Broward Public Art Program in Florida.

Originally from Montreal, I earned a B.A. from the University of Vermont, an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and attended the Central School of Art and Design in London. I live in Winooski, Vermont.