Lesley Dill, Wilderness

Light Sizzles Around Me

A body of new works at the intersection of language and fine art by renowned American artist Lesley Dill

 

Title Information

Edited by Figge Art Museum

1st edition

, 2021

Hardback

112 pages, 97 color illustrations

24 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-881-2

Content

Lesley Dill is an American artist working at the intersection of language and fine art, combining printmaking, sculpture, installation, and performance to explore the power of words in revealing the souls of important historical personas. Lesley Dill, Wilderness features a uniquely inspired group of sculptures and two-dimensional works more than a decade in the making. It is a testament to Dill’s ongoing investigation into the significant voices and personas of America’s past, such as Mother Ann Lee, John Brown, the Sauk war leader Mà-ka-tai-me-she-kià-kiàk (Black Hawk), Walt Whitman, Sojourner Truth, and others. 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 each of us, and the struggles between.

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 poems by writer and poet Tom Sleigh and the renowned Meskwaki author and poet Ray Young Bear.

 

The Figge Art Museum, formed as the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery in 1925, was given its current name in 2005 on the 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.

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Black Hawk, Mà-ka-tai-me-she-kià-kiàk, 2021. Acrylic paint and hand-cut paper on cotton fabric, 100 × 60 in. | 254 × 152.4 cm. © Lesley Dill, photo: Sarah Ingber and Lesley Dill Studio

Horace Pippin, detail, 2021.Acrylic Paint, hand-cut paper, thread on cotton fabric, wooden yoke, and shoe lasts. 100 × 25 × 11 in. | 254 × 63.5 × 28 cm. © Lesley Dill, photo: Sarah Ingber and Lesley Dill Studio

Sojourner Truth Banner Set, 2021. Acrylic paint on cotton fabric. Story Banner: 36 × 144 in. | 91.5 × 365.8 cm. Name Banner: 12 × 110 in. | 30.5 × 279.4 cm. Date Banner: 6 × 22 in. | 15.3 × 55.9 cm. © Lesley Dill, photo: Sarah Ingber and Lesley Dill Studio

WILd-Dēor-Nis, 2021. Acrylic paint on cotton fabric, 60 × 60 in. | 152.4 × 152.4 cm. © Lesley Dill, photo: Sarah Ingber and Lesley Dill Studio

Omnipotence Enough (Emily Dickinson), 2017. Oil paint on fabric, wooden yoke, and shoe lasts. 103.25 × 42.5 × 5 in, | 262.3 × 108 × 12.7 cm. © Lesley Dill, photo: Sarah Ingber and Lesley Dill Studio

John Brown Banner Set, 2021. Acrylic paint on cotton fabric. Story Banner: 36 × 132 in. | 91.5 × 335.3 cm. Name Banner: 12 × 61 in. | 30.5 × 155 cm. Date Banner: 6 × 22 in. | 15.3 × 55.9 cm. © Lesley Dill, photo: Sarah Ingber and Lesley Dill Studio

Black Hawk, Mà-ka-tai-me-she-kià-kiàk, detail, 2021. Acrylic paint and hand-cut paper on cotton fabric, 100 × 60 in. | 254 × 152.4 cm. © Lesley Dill, photo: Sarah Ingber and Lesley Dill Studio

 

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