Join us for an exhibition reception
Celebrating the Memory Cloths
Of artist Leslee Nelson
At the Steenbock Gallery
Sunday February 23, 2014
1:00 to 3:00!
Memory Cloths: Leslee Nelson
February 3-April 12
In collaboration with the
Wisconsin Academy of Science Arts and Letters
1922 University Avenue
Open weekdays, 10:00-4:00 PM
In December 2005 Leslee Nelson saw an exhibit, The Art of War, which included Memory Cloths from South Africa. These brightly colored fabrics had embroidered images from the maker’s memory. Accompanying them were narrative paragraphs, the maker telling the story of the scenes depicted. It was part of an effort to reclaim the memories of women’s experiences of Apartheid left out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s official record.
It was an A-HA moment for her.
Since then Leslee has been making these embroidered stories from her life. She embroiders images on a vintage textile (mostly her Mother’s or Grandmother‘s) and writes the story of the memory that is exhibited next to them. Leslee started with stories from her childhood, from her travels and from her love life. For the artist the process of making have been are very healing to make. Occasionally she embroiders meaningful words she want to embed in her memory.
- If you are in Madison you are invited to join Leslee in Making Memory Cloths, Wednesdays, Feb 2 – April 30, 1:30 – 3 pm at the Lakeside Street Coffee House, 402 W. Lakeside Street, Madison.
- Leslee retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2012 after 32 years. She both taught in the art department and did art outreach through the Division of Continuing Studies. Art outreach included organizing non-credit outreach classes for adults and being the director of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program. Come to her Emeritus Lecture, Finding Joy in Art Textiles and Travel on Sunday, April 27, 2-3pm at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, Wisconsin
- Leslee will also be talking about the cross cultural inspirations on her work at the Madison Wisconsin Regional Arts Program (WRAP) Workshop on April 12, 2014, also at the Pyle Center. There is a small fee ($5.00) for participants who are not participating in the Madison WRAP exhibition.