Leslie Fandrich is an interdisciplinary artist interested in feminist issues, family relationships and embodied experiences.
Deploying materials and processes like clothing, blankets, fabric, stitching and sewing, Fandrich directly connects to the notion of a craft object as a signifier for deep psychological memories of mothers and mothering. At the heart of her practice are the boundaries of the female body and how it is in relationship to others and to our domestic spaces. Her objects rest within the surreal and the uncanny. This position complicates the reading and allows room for questions such as how the human form is both dynamic and evolving and the liminal nature of a body. The material choices for her objects stand in opposition to a patriarchal tradition in art and make more space for a feminist voice.
Leslie’s work has been exhibited at Boston University Art Galleries in Boston, MA; Plug Projects in Kansas City, MO; Braithwaite Fine Art Gallery at the Southern Utah Museum of Art in Cedar City, UT; Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY; Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring, NY; and The Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, NY; as well as other venues and gallery spaces in New York State and the Hudson Valley. She has been a guest critic and given artist talks for art students at a number of Universities including The University of Connecticut and The University of Missouri in Kansas City. In 2016 she co-edited and contributed writing and artwork to Identity & Anonymity: An Artful Anthology and in 2015 she co-organized Creative Courage, a weekend retreat for women at Wiawaka Center for Women in Lake George, NY. Leslie worked as a graphic designer for ten years, primarily in New York City and continues to occasionally provide design, photography and writing services for freelance clients. She is a member of the Orange County Arts Council and the College Art Association and has participated in local Open Studio Tours and art events.
Leslie received a Master of Fine Art from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA and a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, AB, Canada. Born and raised in Canada, Leslie immigrated to the United States in 1998 and became a US citizen in 2014. She lives in Warwick, NY with her husband, two sons and a Boston Terrier named Bowie.
Press, Reviews & more
WTBQ Village Life Radio Show hosted by Michael Newhard and Mary Collura
Creating Spaces: MassArt's MFA BLR Thesis Exhibition on Boston Hassle
Boston Young Contemporaries Show at Boston University
The Future is Female podcast episode with Jen Cooper.
Video Profile by Phanatiks Entertainment
Embodied at Milkweed
Review of "The Heroine's Journey" show in the Jan 2016 issue of D&H Canvas
The High Queen in Kolaj Magazine to promote "ABC: Assemblage, Book Art and Collage" at Southern Utah University
Review of "That's Rubbish" Gallery 66 NY show in Kunstleben Berlin
Review of "The Ladies" at Dream in Plastic on Collageart.com
Galleries and Museum section in the March 2015 issue of Chronogram
Interview with Laurie White at Mom 2.0 Summit
Article about James Gordon Irving in Uppercase Magazine