The things I make can be separated into two types – the constructions made from different salvaged woods and the more poetic pieces that will also feature found objects – things from my collections – cigarette cards, shells, coins, dolls, clock mechanisms, old photos precariously placed magnifying glasses… I feel these pieces tell a story and the key to the story is with the viewer.
Lesley Hilling is an English self taught artist working solely with recycled materials. She trained and worked for many years as a graphic designer, during this time she became interested in a more art based practise and began to make box constructions heavily influenced by the work of Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson. These grew into large wall pieces and human size towers and eventually the art took over from the graphic design.
‘Lesley’s work conveys a powerful sense of longing to preserve the fragments of the past, a desire for order, a passionate and mysterious evocation of lost moments.’ – Jane England
Lesley has lived in Brixton, south London with her partner Nel for over thirty years. They have two dogs, an allotment and are active members of Brixton Housing Co-op.
In A Silent Way
In A Silent Way was a collaboration between myself and Anders Knutsson, who is also represented by the Knight Webb gallery. Anders is Swedish, but lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a well known painter and his monochrome pictures hang in many museums and major collections across the world. We are both jazz fans and named the show after Miles Davis’ album In A Silent Way – feeling the title said much about the way we both work. In this seminal album Miles fused together jazz and rock and with our show we too wanted to blend our two very different practises.
Lesley is represented by the Knight Webb Gallery.