Artist Statement / Bio "The driving principle in my recent work is to showcase the dynamic relationship between what is beautiful despite the process of decay/disuse (also pointlessness, ancestry/heritage, time+regrets, etc.) Another concept I like to play with in my work is 'parallel universe theory' and space/time in relation to emotion, place, the life/death cycle, and my personal life experience. I am in a pattern of expansion.
Unable to escape reality, photography is a unique art form: my work tweaks and sometimes exploits that principle by incorporating fringe elements of traditional darkroom printing in compelling ways to form a final image. I would like to point out that although many images are manipulated by way of chemical or light alteration, everything is done by hand – from loading film to creating finished gelatin silver prints in the darkroom. Many of the photographs in this collection are completely unique and cannot be replicated.
My work is a bridge into a realm of possibilities beginning to explore the conundrum of existing partially in reality, and slightly somewhere else - closer to something darker, unexpected, and impossible. Surrealism and abstract concepts interest me greatly, as do the passage of time and rituals of everyday life. I invite the viewer to ponder the manifestation and find the significance within.”
Leslie Norman is an American lens-based visual artist specializing in B/W analog photography. As an artist, she has a duplicitous mission to document the world as she sees it, and to create at will her version of the truth. Incongruity, contrast, and a tenderness for the past are common themes in her work. Her photographic style has been regarded as romantic and creepy, unconventional, and thought provoking. Although most reliant on 35mm film, Norman also works in medium format and experiments with historic photographic negatives of all species. Additionally, she works with alternative processes including multiple exposures, solarization, chemigram, manual destruction, and photogram prints. Her work has been shown nationally in galleries and published internationally in photographic magazines. She is currently shooting, processing, and printing out of her home darkroom. She lives in Mount Vernon, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.
"Leslie has always been a bit of an anachronism; her expectations, fantasies, favorite writers, taste in music, and even her handwriting doesn't seem to match the century she is stuck in. Her work and writing always struck me as a love letter to the world she wished she lived in. You can't help but get sucked into the romantic dreamworld where words are clever, images are gorgeously haughty, and all the parts that make up the whole are put together with a meticulously fiendish mind." - E