New York

Lesley Dill

George Adams Gallery

For the past several years, Lesley Dill has been incorporating poems by Emily Dickinson into her work and using many of the techniques of traditional 19th-century homecraft (dyeing, weaving, dressmaking, and needlework) in its creation. Her “Voices in My Head” features work inspired by Buddhist prayer flags she observed while living in India. Twelve-foot-long hanging cloths of muslin or gauze, stained with tea, shellac, or both, feature photo-silkscreens of despairing male and female faces or nudes, with snatches of Dickinson’s poems crudely stitched, stamped, or painted over the torso or face or stamped in block print below. In 4 Poem Figure (all works 1995), Dickinson’s words are branded into a giant cloth with a hot poker; Wire Poem features a single Dickinson poem, “A Soul Has Bandaged Moments,” sculpted in a continuous lacy web of copper wire that covered an entire wall.

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