I am an artist motivated by contemporary culture and the rapid pace in which we continually absorb information and images. "Code Defied", focuses on how visual information hits our retinas and how images are reduced, rearranged, and interpreted by thought. If something is left out of a story or an image, our brains automatically fill in the rest. This filling-in-the-gaps-response is an interesting area to think about visually, as in how each person perceives images differently, so too is the way we fill in the gaps and negative spaces.
I started the series after my printer was running out of ink and skipped cross areas leaving color striations. Most people would not have given a second thought to tossing out the paper, however, I felt a surge of inspiration. The image presented was both abstract and figurative. It reflected life in our world right now: fast paced, technology driven, fragmented, mysterious and arresting.
From there, I began distilling photo references- most of which I have taken, into vertical lines of paint. Form and value seem to be ironed out, while simultaneously standing up in space. Beneath the surface appeal, I am examining ideas on documentation and coding systems. These concepts are contrasted in luscious palettes of ice cream colors that flourish in slice of life contemporary scenes.
Leslie Pierce is a contemporary artist, known for art that focuses on scenes with underlying themes about coding systems, documentation and technology. Her current series, "Code Defied" (2013- ongoing), was originally inspired by a printer that left skipped lines across an image creating partially abstracted figures.
The traditional way of painting is suspended as Pierce employs vertical lines to generate value, form, space, time and place. Form and value seem to be ironed out, while simultaneously standing up.
Leslie is honored to have one of her pieces in the permanent collection of The Harry Ransom Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and has been awarded several Special Projects grants to expand her work. While living in Austin, she curated and organized group exhibits and ran a popular Life Drawing and Painting group.
Born in New York, Leslie spent part of her childhood playing inside the Museum of Natural History, behind the scenes where her father worked as a scientist. Studying the exhibited dinosaur bones and artifacts influenced her way of seeing the world and began her love of art and artifacts.
To see her Exhibition history and Bibliography, click here.