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LESLIE SHELLOW

LESLIE SHELLOW

Artist Work

Subtle Disturbance Detail 2
2011
ink on denril, dirt
7 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet
Cause and Effect Detail 2
2012
ink on cut denril
variable
Subtle Disturbance Detail
2011
ink on denril, dirt
20 feet x 10 feet x 3 feet
Book One
2012
handmade book made from etchings on cut paper
8 inches x 5 inches
Cause and Effect Detail 1
2012
toilet paper rolls, dirt, graphite
variable
Cause and Effect Installation
2012
graphite, ink, denril, toilet paper rolls, acrylic, eggshells, dirt
30 feet x 40 feet

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
2016, Prior to 2012, 2013

Artist Statement

My work emerges out of my experience of nature as a simultaneous force of beauty and destruction. While walking in the woods, along seashores and riverbeds, I have closely observed growing and dying organisms that gather beneath my feet and reflect on their intricate patterning and their unique interactions with one another. In my installations, I invite the viewer to notice things they might normally disregard or overlook and to be reminded of the invisible world that goes on beneath our noses and outside our awareness. My process is spontaneous yet slow, methodical yet intuitive. I respond to visual stimuli and allow them to navigate me through the creation of multiple drawn components that will eventually go into the installation. I work meditatively, building one small element on top of another in the very time consuming, arduous process of drawing and cutting every piece by hand. While the task of making the objects takes months or years to complete, the installation itself is a fluid, intuitive, process that is conceived on the spot and completed in one week. I approach each gallery space with little preconception of how the work will end up. The landscape seems to grow of its own volition. The methodical yet haphazard process represents what I feel is happening in nature both inside and outside our bodies. This work underscores the opposing forces of nature: magnetism vs. repulsion, contraction vs. expansion, growth vs. decay, and beauty vs. ugliness. It is a combination of these polarities that can be seen in nature both inside our own bodies and in the world as a whole. For the work to succeed, I feel it should compel the viewers to recognize themselves on a more cellular level, to recognize who we are inside.My work emerges out of my experience of nature as a simultaneous force of beauty and destruction. While walking in the woods, along seashores and riverbeds, I have closely observed growing and dying organisms that gather beneath my feet and reflect on their intricate patterning and their unique interactions with one another. In my installations, I invite the viewer to notice things they might normally disregard or overlook and to be reminded of the invisible world that goes on beneath our noses and outside our awareness. My process is spontaneous yet slow, methodical yet intuitive. I respond to visual stimuli and allow them to navigate me through the creation of multiple drawn components that will eventually go into the installation. I work meditatively, building one small element on top of another in the very time consuming, arduous process of drawing and cutting every piece by hand. While the task of making the objects takes months or years to complete, the installation itself is a fluid, intuitive, process that is conceived on the spot and completed in one week. I approach each gallery space with little preconception of how the work will end up. The landscape seems to grow of its own volition. The methodical yet haphazard process represents what I feel is happening in nature both inside and outside our bodies. This work underscores the opposing forces of nature: magnetism vs. repulsion, contraction vs. expansion, growth vs. decay, and beauty vs. ugliness. It is a combination of these polarities that can be seen in nature both inside our own bodies and in the world as a whole. For the work to succeed, I feel it should compel the viewers to recognize themselves on a more cellular level, to recognize who we are inside.My work emerges out of my experience of nature as a simultaneous force of beauty and destruction. While walking in the woods, along seashores and riverbeds, I have closely observed growing and dying organisms that gather beneath my feet and reflect on their intricate patterning and their unique interactions with one another. In my installations, I invite the viewer to notice things they might normally disregard or overlook and to be reminded of the invisible world that goes on beneath our noses and outside our awareness. My process is spontaneous yet slow, methodical yet intuitive. I respond to visual stimuli and allow them to navigate me through the creation of multiple drawn components that will eventually go into the installation. I work meditatively, building one small element on top of another in the very time consuming, arduous process of drawing and cutting every piece by hand. While the task of making the objects takes months or years to complete, the installation itself is a fluid, intuitive, process that is conceived on the spot and completed in one week. I approach each gallery space with little preconception of how the work will end up. The landscape seems to grow of its own volition. The methodical yet haphazard process represents what I feel is happening in nature both inside and outside our bodies. This work underscores the opposing forces of nature: magnetism vs. repulsion, contraction vs. expansion, growth vs. decay, and beauty vs. ugliness. It is a combination of these polarities that can be seen in nature both inside our own bodies and in the world as a whole. For the work to succeed, I feel it should compel the viewers to recognize themselves on a more cellular level, to recognize who we are inside.My work emerges out of my experience of nature as a simultaneous force of beauty and destruction. While walking in the woods, along seashores and riverbeds, I have closely observed growing and dying organisms that gather beneath my feet and reflect on their intricate patterning and their unique interactions with one another. In my installations, I invite the viewer to notice things they might normally disregard or overlook and to be reminded of the invisible world that goes on beneath our noses and outside our awareness. My process is spontaneous yet slow, methodical yet intuitive. I respond to visual stimuli and allow them to navigate me through the creation of multiple drawn components that will eventually go into the installation. I work meditatively, building one small element on top of another in the very time consuming, arduous process of drawing and cutting every piece by hand. While the task of making the objects takes months or years to complete, the installation itself is a fluid, intuitive, process that is conceived on the spot and completed in one week. I approach each gallery space with little preconception of how the work will end up. The landscape seems to grow of its own volition. The methodical yet haphazard process represents what I feel is happening in nature both inside and outside our bodies. This work underscores the opposing forces of nature: magnetism vs. repulsion, contraction vs. expansion, growth vs. decay, and beauty vs. ugliness. It is a combination of these polarities that can be seen in nature both inside our own bodies and in the world as a whole. For the work to succeed, I feel it should compel the viewers to recognize themselves on a more cellular level, to recognize who we are inside.

Artist Bio

Leslie Shellow was born in Washington DC in 1969 and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds an MFA in Painting from Towson University, a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Education from the Evergreen State College. Her work consists of oil painting on panel, ink drawing on panel, ink wash on paper, printmaking, bookmaking and installation. Pulling her imagery from observations of nature, both in the visible world and through microscopes, Leslie addresses natural processes such as growth, decay and regeneration. Mold, lichen, corral, cells, viruses and bacteria are among the many natural elements that influence her work. In 2011 she exhibited a sight specific installation entitled Cause and Effect at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE. Her most recent installation was shown in 2012 at the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

Leslie teaches Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland Baltimore County.Leslie Shellow was born in Washington DC in 1969 and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds an MFA in Painting from Towson University, a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Education from the Evergreen State College. Her work consists of oil painting on panel, ink drawing on panel, ink wash on paper, printmaking, bookmaking and installation. Pulling her imagery from observations of nature, both in the visible world and through microscopes, Leslie addresses natural processes such as growth, decay and regeneration. Mold, lichen, corral, cells, viruses and bacteria are among the many natural elements that influence her work. In 2011 she exhibited a sight specific installation entitled Cause and Effect at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE. Her most recent installation was shown in 2012 at the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

Leslie teaches Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland Baltimore County.Leslie Shellow was born in Washington DC in 1969 and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds an MFA in Painting from Towson University, a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Education from the Evergreen State College. Her work consists of oil painting on panel, ink drawing on panel, ink wash on paper, printmaking, bookmaking and installation. Pulling her imagery from observations of nature, both in the visible world and through microscopes, Leslie addresses natural processes such as growth, decay and regeneration. Mold, lichen, corral, cells, viruses and bacteria are among the many natural elements that influence her work. In 2011 she exhibited a sight specific installation entitled Cause and Effect at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE. Her most recent installation was shown in 2012 at the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

Leslie teaches Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland Baltimore County.Leslie Shellow was born in Washington DC in 1969 and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds an MFA in Painting from Towson University, a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Education from the Evergreen State College. Her work consists of oil painting on panel, ink drawing on panel, ink wash on paper, printmaking, bookmaking and installation. Pulling her imagery from observations of nature, both in the visible world and through microscopes, Leslie addresses natural processes such as growth, decay and regeneration. Mold, lichen, corral, cells, viruses and bacteria are among the many natural elements that influence her work. In 2011 she exhibited a sight specific installation entitled Cause and Effect at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE. Her most recent installation was shown in 2012 at the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

Leslie teaches Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland Baltimore County.