Unspeakable (demonic attack) by Leslie Holt

Art of the Week

Unspeakable (demonic attack) is an exemplary piece from Leslie Holt’s new show, “Hysterical Women,” on view at David Lusk Gallery from January 29 to February 23.

Inspired by the work of Goya, de Kooning and Lichtenstein, with references to Picasso, Kahlo, Kathe Kollwitz and others, Holt’s work for the show illustrates mental disorder and isolation through a combination of lonely, embroidered figures and large, disorienting globules of colored acrylic.

“In ‘Hysterical Women,’ Holt examines the first mental disorder attributed to women, and only women, through these references,” according to a press release from David Lusk Gallery. “Her figures are suspended and isolated, removed from their original context, and meticulously embroidered onto canvas. Aggressive stains of saturated acrylic paint hovers around each figure. The sewn marks are intimate and tender in contrast to the unruly drips and bleeding of the paint.”

Holt is from Maryland and works in the Washington, D.C. area. She has served as a social worker and advocate for those with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.

Holt will be giving an artist’s talk at the gallery on February 2 at 2:00 p.m, preceding an exhibition opening event.

The David Lusk Gallery’s Nashville location is located at 516 Hagan Street in We-Ho.

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