Poem Eyes ( These Saw Visions…)
American, born 1950
Best known for her combination of art and text in large scale installations, Leslie Dill explores the relationships between poetry, the female body, and emotion in conflict with social conventions. Dill’s use of language developed while she was living in India between 1990-92. There she developed an affinity with the country’s spiritual traditions and artforms such as Buddhist prayer flags printed with sacred texts. She has described language as being, “the touchstone … of all my work.” Dill’s scroll paintings combine text with photographic images of the female form, alluding to the cascade of a waterfall symbolic of emotional release and spiritual renewal.