Sunday, July 3, 2016
Meet July Featured Artist
Leslie Riches (Painting)
July 7 - 5:00 - 8:00 Open House
20152 Ballinger Way NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
Leslie M. Riches is a local artist living in Shoreline.
Her background and training are in metals and jewelry arts. She has exhibited at the TAM Biennial, Tacoma Arts Commission Metal-Urge, and throughout the region; curated at Kirkland Arts Center (reviewed in the art journals Metalsmith and FiberARTS), and collaborated with artists in other media -- including a Pike Place Pig, and a ceramic / silver dispenser and cups for "CoOperation Tableware".
By Leslie Riches
For years I created small, finely detailed wearables and objects. Metal objects must be constructed in specific ways and with specific steps. There is creativity involved in the look, but physics requires certain rigid rules. The longer I worked putting metals together, the more interested I became in taking things apart!
I grew fascinated with the organic look of melted metals, experimented with edible elements added to the metals -- and increasingly became more and more intrigued with deconstruction rather than construction.
Painting seemed like the perfect medium to explore this: What if an object is taken apart visually? Can it be put back together in a way that conveys movement? What if the elemental shape and color of the object becomes the focus? What if some details are emphasized or rearranged? What if some details are completely left out? Do you still see the object? Do you see the motion? What do you see?