Lesley Dill is one of a series of visiting artists participating in LSU School of Art’s 2013–14: Malleable Language exhibition season, whose theme is the visual and critical exploration of the artistic tradition of intermingling text and image. Her works in sculpture, photography, and performance use a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body, and transformational experience. Dill has called herself a “matchmaker of words and images,” and she often pulls from the poems of Emily Dickinson and other poets and writers to create sculptural costumes, mannequins, and floor-to-ceiling backdrops covered in interweaving black text and images.
Dill’s work has been widely exhibited and collected and is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York; the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio; and the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
In her lecture, “We Are Animals of Language,” Dill will explain why words have such meaning for her and how she uses text in her work. Hosted by the LSU School of Art, the lecture is open to the public and will be held in the auditorium of the Design Building on the LSU campus at 5 p.m. on October 9, 2013. A reception with the artist will follow from 7 – 8 p.m. at the LSU Museum of Art, where attendees may view Dill’s work in the exhibition, I Gave My Whole Life to Words, which will run September 6, 2013, through January 19, 2014.