Lesley Dill, Wilderness
Light Sizzles Around Me
This book lavishly features sixteen new works by American artist Lesley Dill
1st edition, 2021
112 pages, 97 color illustrations
24 x 28 cm
Lesley Dill is an American artist working at the intersection of language and fine art in printmaking, sculpture, installation, and performance, exploring the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche. Dill transforms the emotions of the writings of Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, Tom Sleigh, Franz Kafka, and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others, into works of paper, wire, horsehair, foil, bronze, and music—works that awaken the viewer to the physical intimacy and power of language itself.
Lesley Dill, Wilderness features a uniquely inspired group of sculptures and two-dimensional works more than a decade in the making. It is a testamentto Dill’s ongoing investigation into the significant voices and personas of America’s past. For the artist, the American voice grew from early America’s obsessions with divinity and deviltry, on fears of the wilderness out there and the wilderness inside us.
The plates, in color throughout, are supplemented with essays by Lesley Dill, Brooklyn-based writer Nancy Princenthal, Figge Art Museum’s curator Andrew Wallace, and researcher and tribal historian Juaquin Hamilton-Youngbird. The book also features a poem by writer and poet Tom Sleigh and a literary text by poet, author, and artist Ray Young Bear.
The Figge Art Museum, formed as the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery in 1925, was given its current name in 2005 on occasion of the opening of its new building designed by British architect David Chipperfield. It is home to an impressive collection of European, American, and Spanish Viceregal art, the Grant Wood Archive and works by other American regionalist artists, an extensive collection of Haitian art, and contemporary works.