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, The Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, NY, Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring, NY, Braithwaite Fine Art Gallery at the Southern Utah Museum of Art in Cedar City, UT, Chris Davidson Gallery at Regal Bag Factory in Newburgh, NY, Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY, and Milkweed in Sugar Loaf, NY, as well as other venues and gallery spaces in the Hudson Valley. In 2016 she co-edited and contributed writing and artwork to Identity & Anonymity: An Artful Anthology. She is a member of the Orange County Arts Council and regularly participates in the Open Studio Tour and local 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 Canada. Born and raised in Canada, Leslie has lived most of her adult life in the United States. She lives in Warwick, NY with her husband and two children.
Press, Reviews & more
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