My sculptures and works on paper are inspired by basic human needs: food, shelter, clothing, and love. The intersection of the natural world and the human-made world drives my work. Images of the projected-upon female body run through my art – based on my own body’s experience of the world and on ways women’s bodies have been controlled throughout history.
I draw, print, model, and cast by combining organic materials such as plants, paper, clay, and fabric with plaster, concrete, metal, and resin. Recent works on paper (submitted to Create! Magazine) have taken on new lives as animations. See the videos at https://www.lesliefry.com/news-media/.
Diverse influences come from literature, psychology, mythology, and the visual arts, ranging from the body/spirit experience of medieval architecture to the theatrical narratives of William Kentridge.
My art has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the globe, including Artists Space in New York; Kunsthaus in Hamburg; Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul; Windspiel Galerie in Vienna; Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum near Boston; and Centre des Arts Visuels in Montreal.
Public commissions in New York, South Korea, Montreal, Florida, Wisconsin, and Vermont have been specific responses to architecture, history, and landscape. Public collections include Tufts University, Songchu International Sculpture Park, Kohler Arts Center, Tampa Museum of Art, Fleming Museum, Kent Museum, and St. Petersburg, Florida’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Born in Montreal, I earned a B.A. from the University of Vermont, an M.F.A. from Bard College, and attended the Central School of Art and Design in London. I live in Winooski, Vermont.