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Beautiful Tree of Life, 2014
Cast resin with patina. 11 x 11 x 1.5 inches. Unique, $350Beautiful Tree of Life

Flower Book, Collection des Dames, 2014
Cast and assembled yellow resin with black patina. 5 x 3.25 x 2.5 inches. Unique, $200FlowerBook

Heart Book, Collection des Dames, 2014
Cast and assembled yellow resin, acrylic paint and tin milagro. 5 x 3.25 x 2.5 inches. Unique, $200
HeartBook

House Book, Collection des Dames, 2014
Cast and assembled yellow resin, acrylic paint and tin milagro. 5 x 3.25 x 2.5 inches. Unique, $200
HouseBook

Dancing Shoes Book, Collection des Dames, 2014
Cast and assembled blue resin with blue patina and brass charms. 5 x 3.25 x 2.5 inches. Unique, $200
DancingShoesBook

Statement

In my sculpture, prints, and drawings, the natural world connects with the human-made world – reality and fantasy meld. My art is inspired by basic human needs: shelter, food, clothing, work, and intimacy.

My hands create moments of wholeness out of fragmentation, using traditional methods and materials to create nontraditional visions. Processes involve drawing, modeling and casting using materials that range from paper, clay, plaster, fabric, and plants, to concrete, resin, metal, rubber, plastic, and video.

My translucent resin book sculptures at Central Booking are cast from real books. The “Collection des Dames” series was originally a book by Balzac that belonged to my mother, who was an English professor with over 3,000 books crammed into her Victorian house in Vermont.

“Treasure Island” is in honor of my father. In 1951, John Fry left his Montreal home to study philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He met two friends in London planning to sail to an island in the South China Sea to find treasure with a map allegedly belonging to Captain William Kidd. His study funds “reallocated,” my father joined the crew of 12 on the schooner Lamorna. The ship wrecked in the English Channel during a severe storm, and the crew rescued from drowning. My father’s copy of the map languishes in a filing cabinet, with no regrets.

Biography

Leslie Fry’s sculptures and works on paper have been exhibited internationally since 1977, including galleries and museums such as Exit Art, Thread Waxing Space, and Artists Space in New York; Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul; Kunsthaus in Hamburg; Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris; Windspiel Galerie in Vienna; and Centre des Arts Visuels in Montreal. Corporate and public collections include Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, FL), Songchu Art Valley International Sculpture Park, Kohler Arts Center, Tampa Museum of Art, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Whole Foods Market, and Milan Hilton.

Public projects have been specific responses to architecture, history, and landscape. Commissions have included Wave Hill in New York; Burlington City Arts in Vermont; International Sculpture Festa in South Korea; Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin; Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montreal; and Pinellas County Cultural Affairs, Tampa Public Art Program, and Broward Public Art and Design Program in Florida.

Her degrees are from the University of Vermont (B.A., 1975), The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (M.F.A., 1993), and she attended the Central School of Art and Design in London (1973-74). Fry was born in Montreal and lives in Winooski, Vermont.