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Envelopes

These "envelopes" thrive on the art of storytelling, which merges fictional and non-fictional worlds via the inspirational influences of Mexican novellas (soap operas), cinema, and storyboards. The combinations and connections of images and experiences in the envelope format emerged while producing a body of work exploring the phenomena of the contemporary mail order bride whose relationships with American men begin with letter writing.  The universal symbolism of the envelope represents personal and public histories, a form of communication which is both subjective and objective.  These visual letters, layered in content, dramatized and personalized in the translation, are in response to both external and internal issues.  The themes within the paintings relate to the many associations with letter writing, suggesting hidden secrets, intimate musings, travel, romance and memories. Simulating the back of an envelope, the partitioning of the rectangle into four triangles also implies other divisions—between people, geography, and cultures.

- Leslie Nemour

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Universal Concept
 
Vicarious Living
 
Mysterious Flavor
Universal Concept
2006
 
Vicarious Living
2006
 

Mysterious Flavor
2005

The Weight of the World
 
Married To It
 
Letter to the Editor
The Weight of the World
2004
 
Married To It
2004
 
Letter to the Editor
2004
 
Blind Spot
 
Map In Hand
Same But Different
2003
 

Blind Spot
2003

 
Map In Hand
2002
Devils's Food
 
Four Corners
 
Selective Memory
Devils's Food
2002
 
Four Corners
2002
 
Selective Memory
2001
Who We Are
 
Random Hand
 
Conflict Resolution
Who We Are
2000
 
Random Hand
2000
 
Conflict Resolution
1999
It's Nothing
 
Sleeping Under Arenal
 
Love From Wyoming
It's Nothing
1999
 
Sleeping Under Arenal
1998
 
Love From Wyoming
1998
         
         
         
         



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