These pieces are part of a series of gouaches based on geometric patterns I found in a 1970’s graphic design manual. The patterns in the book are simple line drawings that could be repeated infinitely, like fabric or wallpaper. Patterns are fascinating to me because I can make so many variations within them. By isolating shapes new configurations emerged from the original pattern.
Though the underlying drawing of each piece is grided with ruler and pencil, the gouache is applied without tape or any masking medium. The mutations may adhere closely to the original or deviate radically, but they are fundamentally all sequels of the original. The shapes are pre-determined, but not the configuration of color, so the final image is always a surprise. The image remains unresolved until the last shape and color are defined.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Monroe, Georgia, in 1962, Leslie Wilkes received a BA from the University of Texas and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has had solo exhibitions in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin and Marfa, Texas. Her work was published in New American Paintings #55, New American Talent #15 and featured on the book jacket of James Elkins, The Object Stares Back. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was the recipient of the Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship Award at the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Times, The Dallas Morning News, Southwest Spirit Magazine, Big Bend Sentinel and New Art Examiner. She was a Lecturer and Graduate Program Manager at California College of the Arts in San Francisco from 2001 - 2005 and currently resides in Marfa, Texas.