Leslie Pontz exhibited her works at Crafts for Living Gallery
in Philadelphia. Fascinated by desert plants she has been working
with this subject for more than two decades, during which she
has moved from 2-D Works in pencil and gouache, to 3-D fiber
sculpture, in crocheted wire and quilted silk organza.
in her artist statement: “I remember thinking on my first
visit to the desert how glorious it was with it’s grayed
colors and hard shapes and soft sand and prickly textures. There
were so many contrasts in this quiet world of sand and lizards.
Yet from the very first moment that I experienced this environment,
it seemed so peaceful, full of shapes and textures that did not
seem to go together but definitely wanted to live together.
that time, I have continued to be intrigued with exploring the
juxtaposition of contrasting elements that are far more exciting
exsiting together than indepenedently. By combining materials
like crocheted metal, silk organza, thread and rusted industrial
elements, I am able to explore this concept of coexisting contrasts
that constantly reminds me that life itself presents an array
of conflicts that always need balancing.”
shown here reveal how Pontz’s interest in desert plants
has taken form in her evolving artwork. She notes “After
twenty-five years of studying the same shapes, what happens is
you build a visual vocabulary.”
Pontz holds a BFA in printmaking and painting (1970) and an MFA in printmaking
(1972) from Syracuse University. From 1984 to 1996, she designed and produced
table linens and related products; since then, she has been making art full
time. She lives in Philadelphia.