Leslie Lyman

MFA ’20 Fine Arts Low-Residency

I create intimate impressions that mark and remember what history fails to tell us about the everyday lives of women – the daily efforts, the steady presence, the invisible toil, the love and the loss that we all experience. My objects and settings stand in perpetual tribute to this caregiving – women’s work – that persists through generations. My work deliberately blends old and new, fully aware that there are stories embedded deep within these objects and knowing that recollection, sentiment, intention and attention are passed on to the lives of other women. My art is informed by a lifetime of caregiving and an understanding of the historical lineage from which this work comes. There is evidence all around us. I document this evidence to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of the quiet beauty, the many frustrations, and the enduring labor of nurturing.

A graduate of MassArt’s MFA program in August 2020, Leslie’s work has been exhibited in a number of recent shows and venues including Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Piano Craft Gallery and Boston Sculptors Gallery, where she is an associate member. She has an upcoming installation at the Cape Ann Museum in September. Leslie brings history, literature, theater, material culture and her lived experience as a mother of four to her work.