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Leemour Pelli
updated: 01/16/2013
website: www.leemourpelli.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Suffering Artist
I Loved Art Too Much I
I Loved Art Too Much II
Pain Cluster
Artist's Anatomy Darkened II
Artist's Heart Troubles
Two Skeletons on a day in May I
Two Skeletons on a day in May II
Madness room I
Madness Room II
Castle Time
Beddress
Dark Side
Summit II
Summit III
 
Portfolio Keywords:  anatomy, figurative, gender/sexuality, psychological, autobiographical
 
 
Suffering Artist by Leemour Pelli
Suffering Artist
bandages, oil paint, artist's blood, mixed media, collage on paper
2010
30" x  22" 
I Loved Art Too Much I by Leemour Pelli
I Loved Art Too Much I
bandages, oil paint, artist's blood, collage, mixed media on paper
2010
30" x  22" 
I Loved Art Too Much II by Leemour Pelli
I Loved Art Too Much II
medical items, drug components, collage, mixed media on paper
2009-2010
30" x  22" 
Pain Cluster by Leemour Pelli
Pain Cluster
bandages, oil paint, artist's blood, collage, mixed media on paper
2011
30" x  22" 
Artist's Anatomy Darkened II by Leemour Pelli
Artist's Anatomy Darkened II
manipulated transfers, mixed media on paper
2012
30" x  22" 
Artist's Heart Troubles by Leemour Pelli
Artist's Heart Troubles
manipulated transfers, mixed media on paper
2012
30 " x  22 " 
Two Skeletons on a day in May I by Leemour Pelli
Two Skeletons on a day in May I
pencil, oil on paper
2007
29 " x  23 " 
Two Skeletons on a day in May II by Leemour Pelli
Two Skeletons on a day in May II
pencil, oil on paper
2007
29" x  23" 
Madness room I by Leemour Pelli
Madness room I
pencil, oil, manipulated transfer on paper
2003
29" x  23" 
Madness Room II by Leemour Pelli
Madness Room II
pencil, oil, manipulated transfer on paper
2003
29" x  23" 
Castle Time by Leemour Pelli
Castle Time
pencil, oil, manipulated transfer on paper
2003
29" x  23" 
Beddress by Leemour Pelli
Beddress
pencil, oil, manipulated transfer on paper
2003
29" x  23" 
Dark Side by Leemour Pelli
Dark Side
pencil, oil, manipulated transfer on paper
2003
29" x  23" 
Summit II by Leemour Pelli
Summit II
pencil, oil on paper
2003
29" x  23" 
Summit III by Leemour Pelli
Summit III
pencil, oil on paper
2003
29" x  23" 

Artist Statement
I work in the diverse media of painting, sculpture, drawings and prints. My work aims at exploring fundamental aspects of human experience, both real and imagined.

The work tends to be figurative in its style. Metaphorically, reality and the self are often x-rayed. They are delved into, layered, and exposed from the inside out, to reveal what is concealed, suppressed, or difficult to discern. The work contains either single figures, figures that have been affected by other figures in some way, or those with vestiges of another figure inside of them. It depicts couples, pairs, or groups in some form of interaction.

The figures are both subjects and objects of the acts of perception, love, and memory. As such they are often looking or being looked at, desiring or being desired, remembering or being remembered, by someone else.

As an expression of the internal and the elusive, some of the characters are rendered with external anatomical organs, or marks and imprints. At times, the organs are enlarged, and appear to control and take over certain figures. In more recent paintings, the figures become more and more skeletal, and at times complete skeletons; the image of the skeleton being a metaphor for the human condition.

The work draws inspiration from literature and poetry, such as the writings of Samuel Beckett, and Ted Hughes. Characters and personas that may resemble those in some of their writings, like Murphy and Crow, are re-created and used in a theatrical series of works.

Though the work consists of single figures or couples, it may be said that larger issues concerning the break down or malfunctioning of human relations and humanity itself are invoked. A general failure at connection is evident. Indeed, the work is about fundamental collapse: of contemporary social conventions, perceptions, relationships, and individuals' internal and exterior worlds.

Artist Bio / CV
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Leemour Pelli is an artist living and working in New York City. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (B.F.A., painting, 1994), Hunter College (Master of Arts degree in Art History, 1989), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.A. in English Literature). She has also studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris, and at Cornell University.  In 2008, the artist had her first solo exhibition at the Daneyal Mahmood Gallery in New York. Her other recent solo exhibitions include two at the Annina Nosei Gallery in New York in 2004 and 2005, and in 2003 at the Art Gallery of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The University published a catalogue, and produced a mini-documentary about the artist and her work. Pelli’s recent exhibitions also include the Kinz Tillou and Feigen Gallery, and the Paul Rodgers Gallery in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut, PS1 Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Island City, Spaces Contemporary Art Center in Ohio, and the Artcore Gallery in Toronto. Her work has been reviewed in ArtForum (2008), Art News, The New York Times, New York Arts Magazine, Tema Celeste, and The Globe and Mail, among other publications.