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Lesley Dill, Sister Gertrude Morgan Wedding Dress

Leslie Dill, Sister Gertrude Morgan Wedding Dress, detail from Hell Hell Hell / Heaven Heaven Heaven: Encountering Sister Gertrude Morgan and Revelation (2010) [Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA, Oct 23-Mar 4] Courtesy of Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans

Lesley Dill’s Poetic Visions

Whatcom Museum
Bellingham WA – Oct 23-Mar 4, 2012

Lesley Dill, Dress of Solace and Undoing

Lesley Dill, Dress of Solace and Undoing (2006), metal foil, organza, wire [Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA, Oct 23-Mar 4] Courtesy of George Adams Gallery, New York

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Raising La Mama Grande

Lesley Dill, Hell Hell Hell / Heaven Heaven Heaven: Encountering Sister Gertrude Morgan and Revelation, detail [Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA, Oct 23-Mar 4] Courtesy of Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans

Lesley Dill’s innovative art practice combines elements of language, poetry, performance and multi-media visual art to explore themes of faith and spirituality through the human form and its coverings.

Throughout her career lyrical vocabulary has been a binding factor in Dill’s artworks, serving as a bridge to the inner world of universal emotions and complexities. The Poetic Visions exhibit focuses on two bodies of work; metallic sculptures like Shimmer and a 2010 installation based on the life of Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980), a New Orleans preacher and missionary who used her music and art as tools of her ministry.

For the installation Hell Hell Hell/Heaven Heaven Heaven: Encountering Sister Gertrude Morgan and Revelation, Dill constructed two lavish gowns to reflect Morgan’s early life and her life after she experienced a divine revelation that she had been chosen to be the bride of Christ. The white-based wedding gown, adorned with text and cascading train-like banners that speak of her calling, is visually connected to the other black-based dress in a unified space draped with poetic references. The strong use of meaningful words string together a journey between heaven and hell, dark and light, good and evil.

Shimmer, the other main piece that composes the core of this show, is a dramatic oceanic wall-mounted work made of thousands of feet of silvery wire threads. The cascading 60-foot-long sculpture is integrated with the mystical poetry of Salvador Espriu (1913-1985) and materiality evokes a relationship between the physical and the spiritual. Metaphoric imagery in Dill’s installations illuminates aspects of the diversity of faith traditions and the underlying notions of transcendental experience.


Allyn Cantor

Lesley Dill, Woman Bringing Light

Lesley Dill, Woman Bringing Light, cut-out from Hell Hell Hell / Heaven Heaven Heaven: Encountering Sister Gertrude Morgan and Revelation (2010), ink and thread on paper [Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA, Oct 23-Mar 4] Courtesy of Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans

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