Two framed artworks leaning against the wall in a gallery.

Leslie Hewitt

Artist in Residence, 2015

Half of a person's face in front of a background of plants.

Artist Statement

Working with photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations, I address fluid notions of time, exposing paradigm shifts relevant to perception and space. My work oscillates between the illusionary potential of photography and the physical weight of sculpture. In my photographed arrangements, I tend to isolate personal ephemera, material and virtual residue of mass culture to consider the fragile nature of quotidian life.

I studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Yale University School of Art, and at New York University, where I was a Clark Fellow in the Africana and Visual Culture Studies programs. I held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the American Academy in Berlin, Germany amongst others.

While At Headlands

I look forward to continuing the exploration of the relationship between the still and moving image, formally and conceptually. This includes developing models, conducting interviews and experiments to generate text/form for an upcoming project. Exploring the marked space between the two, related yet distinct forms through a phenomenological lens is ongoing in my studio practice. This way of working began in 2010 at The Kitchen (a non-profit, multi-disciplinary art and performance space) with the collaboration of cinematographer Bradford Young.

Selected Works

Installation View: Sudden Glare of the Sun, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. A selection from Blue Skies, Warm Sunlight, 2011




Untitled (Arc), 2011. A selection from Blue Skies, Warm Sunlight, 2011




Flowers, 2013




(Untitled) Where Paths Meet, Turn Away, Then Align Again, 2012




(Untitled) Where Paths Meet, Turn Away, Then Align Again, 2012 (detail)