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Leslie Shellow
updated: 10/18/2012
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Subtle Disturbance 1 (detail)
Subtle Disturbance 1
Sutle Disturbance Installation
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail)
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail)
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail)
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail)
Germination
Germination (detail)
Germination (detail)
Germination (detail)
Cause and Effect
Cause and Effect (detail)
Cause and Effect (detail)
Cause and Effect (detail)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, meditative, nature, obsessive, organic, process, site-specific, science, repetition
 
 
Subtle Disturbance 1 (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Subtle Disturbance 1 (detail)
pen, ink on denril cut with exacto knife
2008
80" x  44" 
Subtle Disturbance 1  by Leslie Shellow
Subtle Disturbance 1
pen, ink on denril cut with exacto knife and adhered to wall,wax, dirt
2008
80 " x  44 " 
Sutle Disturbance Installation by Leslie Shellow
Sutle Disturbance Installation
Ink and mixed media on denril cut with exacto knife, cut phone book dipped in wax, shredded documents, brown paper dipped in wax, dirt, liquid latex, acrylic paint
2009
Dimensions variable
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail)
Ink and mixed media on denril cut with exacto knife, cut phone book dipped in wax, shredded documents, brown paper dipped in wax, dirt, liquid latex, acrylic paint
2009
Dimensions variable
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail)
ink on denril cut with exacto knife
2009
Dimensions variable
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail)
ink on denril cut with exacto knife, shredded documents
2009
Dimensions variable
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Sutle Disturbance Installation (detail)
ink on denril cut with exacto knife, dirt,
2009
Dimensions variable
Germination by Leslie Shellow
Germination
pen and ink on gessoed panel
2006-2009
36" x  180" 
Germination (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Germination (detail)
pen and ink on gessoed panel
2006-2009
36" x  108" 
Germination (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Germination (detail)
pen and ink on gessoed panel
2006-2009
36" x  108" 
Germination (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Germination (detail)
pen and ink on gessoed panel
2006-2009
36" x  108" 
Cause and Effect   by Leslie Shellow
Cause and Effect
Toilet paper rolls, graphite, pen, ink, denril, dirt, cut paper, sewing pins
2012
Dimensions variable
Cause and Effect (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Cause and Effect (detail)
Mixed media installation
2012
Dimensions variable
Cause and Effect (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Cause and Effect (detail)
pen, ink on denril, house paint
2012
Dimensions variable
Cause and Effect (detail) by Leslie Shellow
Cause and Effect (detail)
pen, ink on denril, cut paper
2012
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

My interest in microscopic imagery began as a result of spending many hours in nature closely observing my surroundings. As I walked through the woods or swam in the ocean, I began to notice that everything I saw was made up of repeated smaller elements. I began to look at objects under a microscope noticing repeated patterns and visual rhythms. Mold, lichen, corral, cells, viruses, and bacteria and their processes of growth, decay and regeneration became the focus of my artwork.

Each possesses a miraculous capacity for survival and reproduction, even under the harshest conditions. Each contains its own blueprint and alters its environment according to a predetermined set of rules. No matter what we do to try to control these organisms, we ultimately have no power over how they act.

I think of these drawings and paintings as self-contained organisms. They float in their surroundings, some of them are benign, while others appear to invade the space and other life forms around them. They interact with each other, sometimes in concert and sometimes in discord. Repetitive mark making imitates the process of growth; while cutting and eliminating parts of the drawing replicates the process of decay and decomposition.

The installation work draws on the unbridled quality of reproduction without containment, while the smaller 5"x 7" drawings speak about the necessity to organize, compartmentalize, inspect and control these miniature ecosystems.

Artist Bio / CV

L E S L I E S H E L L O W
410-419-7610 leslieshel@mindspring.com

EDUCATION

2009 MFA, Painting: Towson University, Towson, MD

1999 BFA: Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

1992 BA, Sociology: Evergreen State College, Olympia,WA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

2009

New American Paintings, No. 81, Mid-Atlantic Competition winner.

Sleeth Gallery, Buckhannon, WV; “Spontaneity, Gesture and Randomness”.

2008

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Inc., New York, NY; “112th Annual Open Exhibition” at

The National Arts Club, Gramercy Park.

B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY; “27th Annual Expo” Juried Competition.

Juror: Marjorie Weinstein, Coordinator of Adult Public Programs, Whitney Museum.

Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York, NY; “ Restful Alertness – Abstract Art Today” Juried Exhibition.

Borderland State Park, Sharon, MA; “Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition”.

Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL; “Towson University Group Show”.

Louisiana State University; “Printed Matter” Group Exhibition.

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; “The Seven Deadly Sins”, 2008 Annual Benefit Auction.

Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN; “Poppin’ Pills” Juried Exhibition.

Donna’s Restaurant, Baltimore, MD; Solo Exhibition

2007

Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; “TropiCabana” Annual Fundraiser.

Towson University, Towson, MD; “A Confluence of Raconteurs” Group Show.

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; “Out of Order” Benefit Auction.

2006

Vespa, Baltimore, MD; Solo Exhibition of Current Paintings

2005

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; “By Invitation Only” Benefit Exhibition and Auction.

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; “Out of Order” Benefit Auction.

Gallery ID8, Baltimore, MD.