Lesley Dill


Lesley Dill (born 1950) is an American contemporary artist. Her work, using a wide variety of media including sculpture, print, performance art, music, and others, explores the power of language and the mystical nature of the psyche. Dill currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is represented by Nohra Haime Gallery in New York City.

Dill-portrait.jpg LESLEY DILL Lesley Dill (born 1950) is an American contemporary artist. Her work, using a wide variety of media including sculpture, print, performance art, music, and others, explores the power of language and the mystical nature of the psyche. Dill currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is represented by Nohra Haime Gallery in New York City. ​ Circulum Vitae Upcoming Exhibition Copper Suits, 1995 Medium:Copper Size: 60 x 35 x 8 in. (152.4 x 88.9 x 20.3 cm.)

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Exhibition


"Exhilaration is Within-- There can no Outer Wine so royally Intoxicate as that Divine brand within" - Emily Dickinson

I think of words as a kind of spiritual armor. I read that Muslim warriors would go into battle wearing metal armor inscribed with prayers. Words, like clothing , like armor, protect us. They selectively reveal and conceal. Dickinson wrote most of her poems during the American Civil War and thus saw many of her hometown Amherst young men return home wounded or dead. She also wrote "There is a word that bears a sword-- can Pierce an armed man .." As well as " I am afraid to own a body -- I am afraid to own a Soul-- Profound Precarious Property" . So, she wrote a big world. A world of Ecstasy and thrill inside of a world of apprehension. I wanted to make these big , yet vulnerable suits in homage to this bigness of seeing and naming life.

Lesley Dill, Brooklyn NY March 2019







Art produced in the United States has occupied an important place on the agenda of our programming. We have held individual exhibitions of Andy Warhol and Claes Oldemburg and recently we hosted the Pop-Art graphics that included twenty works, among which you could see works by Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Jim Dine, Ernest Trova, Louise Nevelson, among others. The art produced in this country has had a special rise in the aesthetics of national works and has built an important reference. On this occasion we received the proposal from Lesley Dill, born in Maine in 1950 and living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work presents a double interest, not only visual but literary. For her the word is very important, as well as the texts of writers. Her work has used different means of materialization in search of communicating not only a particular poetry but signs for a feminine identity. The works on display intertwine images and texts that wish to build allegories. Lesley Dill received an MFA from Smith College in 1974 and then an MFA from the Maryland Institute in 1980. She initially emerged as a sculpture and multimedia artist. In her professional practice, she has used various materials such as paper, wire, horsehair, photography and even produced an opera inspired by the writer Emily Dickinson entitled Divide Light, released in 2008. In Lesley Dill's work the use of texts is very important and we could say crucial. She has turned to the writings of Franz Kafka, Rainer Maria Rilke, Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu or Tom Sleigh to nurture her proposal to give a new light to human forms. Her works have a peculiar fragility, both the fabrics and the sculptural objects, thus accentuating the artist's intentions. Her works have been able to enter different collections in museums including three in New York: Metropolitan, Modern Art and Whitney. She has also received numerous awards for her work, among which the Guggenheim, Joan Mitchell, National Art Foundation and Anonymous Was a Woman scholarships stand out. We hope that this exhibition, the first by the artist in this museum, will become a visual and thought experience.