A 20-year survey of work by the American artist, the exhibition Lesley Dill features
oil pastel drawings, a large-scale metal wall drawing, and bronze and
paper sculptures in the Joyce and Edward Linde Gallery, as well as an
outdoor sculpture on the Pollock Terrace.
Dill is known for combining language with the human form in a variety
of mediums. In her work, she uses text as a mode of communication, as a
physical subject, and as a symbol by painting it onto bronze sculptures,
stitching it into paper, and sculpting it in metal. The words of poets
including Emily Dickinson, Franz Kafka, Salvador Espriu, and most
recently Tom Sleigh, inspire and find physical form within her visceral
works. Lines of text appear on disembodied heads, hands, and dresses–all
reoccurring motifs in Dill’s oeuvre–communicating the artist’s interest
in the politics of the figure, psychology, and faith.