Leslie Wilcox

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Leslie Wilcox: Artist's Statement and Bio

The range of my sculpture is constructed of various metals including stainless & galvanized steel, aluminum, bronze, copper and brass screen, along with thin lead sheet and wire. While figurative in nature, the work has implications that take it beyond the human form both in scale and intent. The translucency of the screen emphasizes the absence of the figure with a clearly "implied presence" and creates a fresh approach to weightlessness. Humor is also an integral part of this work as it expands the human form by means of exaggerated scale and subjective context. My goal with this work is to redefine the body's organic shape while maintaining an awareness of its form and volume.

Over the last several years, I have expanded the availability of my work to the public through outdoor installations, most notably with site-specific pieces on the grounds of the Decordova Museum in Lincoln, the Fuller Museum in Brockton, MA. and in Deering Oaks Park, Portland, ME. It has given me an opportunity to further explore my work in this large-scale environmental context and contribute to a continuing dialogue with the surrounding communities.

I live and work in the South End of Boston, having stayed on after attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts on scholarship. My recent work is shown frequently in exhibitions at the Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston and Boston Sculptors at Chapel Gallery in Newton. I have participated in First Night Boston for several years and installed temporary outdoor work around Boston with Reclamation Artists. Over the last several years I have also shown frequently in corporate settings such as The Prudential Tower Lobby, Office Environments of Boston, and Boston Corporate Art. I have recently completed many public and private commissions for both indoor and outdoor sites and have had my work included in major collections such as Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and Brandeis and Harvard Universities.