This May, Leslie Matthews will bring her solo exhibition slowsound, timestrange to Courtesy of the Artist.
Within her working practice, Leslie endeavours to go beyond the decorative surface metaphorically and symbolically, continually questioning the making process and investigating how the works are seen and understood. Organic imagery and structures are often the starting point of her research, highlighting traces of subtle linear surface impressions. "I strive to create work that impresses on the viewer the transient nature of a living organism through the selection of materials and forms." - says Leslie.
When developing her ideas, Leslie focuses on themes such as abstraction and impermanence, light and shadow, fragility and strength, endeavouring to translate these concepts through a variety of techniques and materials to express the notion of ‘opposites’. This dichotomy of elements is a recurring theme in her work.
"During the process of making I often imprint on the surface of the silver delicately woven cloth to create textured lines. This compression in the metal gives a random drawing quality, a trace of the fabric of the everyday. The soft white finish on the silver, produced by brushing pumice powder, leaving a pale pearlescent glow, is in contrast to the deep blue-black lustrous patina surface. Each opposing and complementing." - Leslie says.
Through the development of this series, Leslie has explored across disciplines, experimenting in mixed media such as porcelain clay and polyurethane resin, countering and contrasting with sterling silver. Ideas of colour, texture, scale and materiality within various organic forms, along with references to their transient, ever changing nature, have all informed the development of this body of work.
Opening Night - RSVP here
Join us for the opening night of slowsound, timestrange on Thursday 5th May 2016 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
Courtesy of the Artist is located at Shop 122, Level 2, The Strand Arcade, 412 - 414 George Street, Sydney, Australia 2000.