Leslie Dorcus: "Oh My Clumsy Heart"
Pop-up exhibition, Saturday, August 29, 2015, 6-10 pm
The screen prints on display are a selection from the artist’s project, Print-52, in which she made one print a week for one year, creating a visual diary of a time in her life that was filled with grave transitions. The project explores themes of love and loss, facing a developing addiction of a loved one, and levels of self-discovery and hatred. Dorcus uses visceral imagery of bodily dissection and abstraction within narrative landscapes to convey feelings of despair and longing, as well as discomfort in her own body. In the artist’s words, “I’ve always been equally fascinated and repulsed by the idea of dissection. I feel like there is something extremely intimate about it—like exposing a deep secret as the layers of armored skin are peeled away. I express this intimacy in my prints, each abstracted self-portrait getting closer and closer to revealing what’s underneath.”
Leslie Dorcus is a printmaker based in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and she has exhibited solo shows at Holocene and Flight64 Studio in Portland, as well as Gowanus Print Lab in Brooklyn and the Woods-Gerry Gallery at RISD. She is a member of Flight 64, a community print studio on Alberta Street.