21 June 2011


Left: Lezlie Tilley 'Cad Yellow/Cobalt Blue' 2010, acrylic on canvas - 16 pieces, 30.5 x 30.5cm each
Right: Lezlie Tilley, 'Day by Day' 2003, mixed media on cedar on board, 122 x 162cm

From her linear canvases to the meticulous mix media works with stones and shells, the arrangement of objects according to chance is an integral part of Lezlie Tilley's art. The compositions of fragmented shapes and objects are perfectly balanced with the organic objects reduced to their geometric forms.

In her linear patchwork series, from which 'Cad Yellow/Cobalt Blue' hails, two pigments are selected - as referenced in the title - and variations of the hue are achieved by adding only white or black to the paint. The small canvases are then randomly arranged to form an abstracted patchwork quilt.

Left: Lezlie Tilley, 'Bushfire Twigs' 2002, twigs, mixed media on board, 59.5 x 59.5xm
Right: Lezlie Tilley, '325 Tiny shells arranged according to the law of chance', shells, pebbles and pencil on paper, 10 x 10cm

The natural objects found in Tilley's work are exemplified by the above pieces. 'Bushfire Twigs' was produced through the labour-intensive process of setting twigs in plaster and then sanding the surface down until it is smooth, ultimately revealing the interior of the small bits of wood. The organic form is reduced to a single plane and set within the shape of a square, a configuration that is repeated within her work. Likewise '325 Tiny shells arranged according to the law of chance' was completed though a methodical process of randomly selecting and adhering tiny shells to the center of each small square on hand drawn, gridded paper. According to Tilley, the series represents an order she is able to impose on the natural world.

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