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ABOUT THE SHOW
This body of work is a deep dive into my internal process of self-rediscovery. There are themes of personal power, self-love, sexuality, faith in oneself, and faith in a benevolent higher power. Glitter and gold are prominent elements of the art. Not only am I attracted to the look of gold and the way that it reflects light, but it gives a sense of importance and opulence that I really enjoy, especially with reference to Black hair. I initially intended for this show to center the story of my recent divorce, but I realized that would be focusing on the wrong thing. The real story is of resilience and faith. It’s also a love story to myself.
I titled the show “The Sun Still Shining on Me” because despite the challenges I’ve faced…I’m still here. Still creating. Still loving. Still optimistic about life. And every day when I wake up and see the sun, I get another chance to create the life I’ve dreamed of. The 17 pieces that were chosen for this exhibition are meant to convey different parts of my journey. Much love.
Leslie Anne is a contemporary artist based in Atlanta, Georgia by way of East St. Louis, Illinois. Leslie would describe her work as emotionally expressive, colorful, conceptual, and Afrofuturistic. Her art is inspired by prominent themes in her own life, like motherhood, race, relationships, gender, and personal expression. She uses bold contrasting elements to create interesting mixed media works; usually featuring bold colors, glitter, and visions of the sky like clouds and stars. By looking at the art, her hope is that you will find more of yourself. By looking at the art, her hope is that you will find a sense of interconnectedness with all. And ultimately explore more of yourself.
Leslie's preferred mediums are painting with acrylic and oil paint, digital collage, illustration, and photography. She specializes in contemporary portraiture. Additional themes include spirituality, symbols, and nature. Leslie's work has been featured in exhibitions and publications around the world. When she is not creating art, she is most likely studying clinical psychology, listening to music, or enjoying the company of her awesome kids Langston and Josephine.
Making art is like opening a portal and letting pure creation manifest. I am intentional about centering Black people and women in my pieces as a way to celebrate our culture and beauty with nuance. I want to show Black subjects as inherently valuable and worthy of being admired, which is often why my work incorporates crowns and gold elements. My art is as much about the process as it is the physical piece, as creating art opens the space for me to explore myself. I create self portraits as a way to honor my feelings and memorialize that specific time in my life. I'm inspired by the beauty and personal expression of Black people. My references are often individuals from my own life or intriguing images of Black subjects that inspire me in some way. My intention is to give the subject honor, express emotion, and showcase their humanity. In addition to painting, I create collage style digital artwork, incorporating photography, color, glitter, and lots of layers.