Leslie Nemour
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The paintings and drawings I make explore a personal obsession for the clues and suspicions that suggest a story. The ongoing narrative addresses the sensationalism of relationships as represented through the venues of popular culture and traditional iconography.

The contextual references are drawn from south of the border inspired by sources where myth and superstition are visibly intertwined with contemporary life. The novelas of Mexico, a comic book soap opera in which lust and tragedy consume daily experience: folkloric dichos (proverbs); and ex-voto milagro imagery are departure points which bait and feed the narrative layers within my work.

Fragmented in composition, the non hierarchical stories thrive on passions in response to unrequited physical and spiritual desires. The multi panel sequences and the split image drawings play on emotional dualities and bicultural conflicts in very slippery moments in time.

In short, the work makes visual narratives which can be read byway of one's personal history as traditional aspirations are sorted out and recounted. My own life experience is of course inseparable.

- Leslie Nemour

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Birds Without Nests / Aves Sin Nidos
 
Everything That You Want / Todo Lo Que
 
The Best Advice / El Mejor Consejo
Birds Without Nests / Aves Sin Nidos
1991
 
Everything That You Want / Todo Lo
Que Se Quiere, 1991
 
The Best Advice / El Mejor Consejo
1991


God Squeezes / Dios Aprieta
 
To Dress Saints / Vestir Santos
 
Of the Water / Lo del Agua
God Squeezes / Dios Aprieta
1992
 
To Dress Saints / Vestir Santos
1993
 
Of the Water / Lo del Agua
1992
Love of Fools / Amor de Tontos
 
Bodies and Souls / Cuerpos y Almas
 
Seeing Creates Desire / De Ver Dan Ganas
Love of Fools / Amor de Tontos
1992
 
Bodies and Souls / Cuerpos y Almas
1991
 
Seeing Creates Desire / De Ver Dan Ganas
1992
Eyes That Don't See / Ojos Que No Ven
 
Two Needles / Don Agujas
 
Can't Complain / No Tiene Que Reclamar
Eyes That Don't See / Ojos Que No Ven
1991
 
Two Needles / Don Agujas
1992
 
Can't Complain / No Tiene Que Reclamar 1991
To Go Alone
 
Under the Wing
 
To Go Alone
1992
 
Under the Wing
1991
 
A Saddled Horse / Un Caballo Ensillado
 
Domesticated Capricorn
 
The Rabbit Jumps
A Saddled Horse / Un Caballo Ensillado
1994
 
Domesticated Capricorn
1995
 
The Rabbit Jumps
1993
By the Skin of My Teeth
 
Inside Out
 
A Good Dig
 
 
A Good Dig
1996
Crimes of Leisure
 
Secrets of Homemade Bread
 
Problems with Two-Story Architecture
Problems with Two-Story Architecture
1997
 
Secrets of Homemade Bread
1997
 
Dreams of a Soap Opera Junkie
 
Recollections of a 20th Century
 
Dreams of a Soap Opera Junkie
1997
 
Recollections of a 20th Century
Romance Artist, 1997
 
Love and Lust
 
One Lucky Cupcake
 
La Gordita
Love and Lust
1994
 
One Lucky Cupcake
1994
 
Call it Women's Intuition
 
Purr Baby Purr
 
Making Tortillas
Call it Women's Intuition
1994
 
Purr Baby Purr
1994
 
Making Tortillas
1994
         



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