Washington Studio School Presents Leslie Blackmon Patchwork

By Editorial Team on October 29, 2019
Leslie Blackmon, Grandmother’s Back Yard, collage of found papers. Courtesy of WSS.
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Reception: Friday, November 1 from 6pm to 8pm
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Washington Studio School (WSS) is pleased to present Patchwork, an exhibition of collages and paintings selected from several distinct bodies of work by WSS student Leslie Blackmon. This exhibition celebrates Blackmon’s graduation from the WSS Master Certificate Program.

Blackmon writes, “My work is a quest to capture the places, stories, people and experiences that have filled my life, from the distant past to the present.” She collects imagery found in old photographs and magazines, from her own observational work and sketches. She explains, “Because I use and re-use these images in ever- changing combinations, my work seems to me like a patchwork quilt –works assembled using the well-worn, repurposed images that have found a permanent place in my mental basket of visual ‘patches.’ My ‘patchwork’ images have become accessible visual stand-ins for the elusive content I am after – fading, jumbled memories and abstract themes such as loss and the relentless march of time.”

Blackmon has lived in Washington, DC since 1984. She holds a BA in English from Auburn University, a JD from Harvard Law School and a Master Certificate of Drawing and Painting from WSS. She practiced law in DC for 14 years before resigning to raise her three children. She began to explore her artistic interests in 2005, first delving into fiber art and later turning to painting.

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