About the Work
Ellen Lesperance's complex, textile-inspired paintings present deconstructed garments as illustrative vehicles for honoring the women whose bodies have been dedicated to activism. Lesperance embarks on extensive research into threads of activist networks; both metaphorically by examining the methods and circumstances which catalyzed the movements, as well as literally by studying the garments worn by the women. Inspired by creative making as a tool of opposition, Lesperance immortalizes, enshrines, and celebrates those dedicated to the struggle in its myriad forms. Land of the Feminye refers to a mythical world comprised of only women. Through meticulously rendered patterns sourced from an ancient Greek black-figure pottery depiction of Amazon costuming, Lesperance uses the entirety of the composition to design full-body armor for Feminye's inhabitants through her characteristic layering of garments. The result is a phantom image, simultaneously dense and transparent, that engages with the past and the future via poetic presence.
Ellen Lesperance's work has been exhibited widely most recently at the Drawing Center (New York), Seattle Art Museum, Ashland Art Museum (Oregon), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, the Dahl Arts Center (Rapid City, SD), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem, NC), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (Haverford, PA). She's included in public collections such as the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Art and Design, the Portland Art Museum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Kadist Art Foundation. The artist has received grants and awards from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation. Ellen Lesperance was born in 1971 (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
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