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.
The "Code Defied" series is an original series that Leslie began in 2013, while living in Austin, Texas. Since relocating to San Diego the following year, Leslie continues to grow this unique series. Please, check back for updates and Artist Leslie Pierce News.
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 ancient histories.
After relocating to Austin, Texas, Leslie organized several working artist groups and hosted group exhibits in alternative spaces. Miss Pierce is honored to have her work in the permanent collection at The Harry Ransom Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, and has been awarded several Special Projects grants, including by The City of Austin and Austin Visual Arts Association..
Currently, Leslie is living and working in San Diego, Ca. and enlarging her "Code Defied" series to include Multimedia.
To see her Exhibition history and Bibliography, click here.