WORK

IS THIS DESIRE? 

 
 

IS THIS DESIRE? (2021)

My most recent project, Is This Desire?, emerged from the passing of my father and the emotional labor that ensued. His hospitalization because of Covid-19, and the negotiation of a tense emergency situation with the rest of my family, reopened wounds and foregrounded feelings I had not experienced for decades. I found myself reflecting upon the devastating power of the throwaway comments and the dismissive glances that had defined my upbringing in subtle and yet fundamental ways. How gender implications and societal hostilities have led to the woman I am today, my fears, my anxieties, my tenaciousness. 

With my father gone, I found that the only opportunity to renegotiate the terms of these subtle and yet traumatic circumstances lay exclusively between me and the materials of my art. Skins, membranes, shrouds, veils—each work emerges from the point in which language crumbles, and we struggle to grasp the meaning of our experiences. The gold draperies in Is This Desire? allude to the shiny veneer we each present to the world. Taught to play roles that please our parents and society throughout our childhood, our challenge as adults is to seek our true selves. The drapes are facades that conceal feelings and emotions we experience every day in the quietness of our own reflections. This series of works attempts to process and visualize the invisible pressures many girls of my generation endured while conforming to the golden standard of stereotypical femininity.
 

LOVERS PAST

LOVERS PAST (2019)

Each work in this series is a portrait of an ex. A partner not as they were, but as I remember them – shaped by my memories, my desire to remember them, or forget, my will to save something and not to let go despite the hurt, the disappointment, the loss. Now happy with the right partner, I look back at the others as abstract images of moods and moments, laughter and sorrow, traces and fragments. Still and silent, they stare back holding their secrets dear. Echoing one another.

Relentlessly withdrawing.

SUFFOCATED

SUFFOCATED (2019)

Painful memories return to haunt us and make it hard for us to forget. Through Suffocated, I perform a ritual steeped in materials and processes devised to bury memories by metaphorically suffocating them in a paper bag. 3D scanning and printing technologies allow me to leap from medium to medium and into the future where these memories are translated into abstracted sedimentations that can no longer be accessed or decoded.

EYE SEE
THROUGH TO YOU

EYE SEE THROUGH TO YOU (2020)

A reflection on truth. These geometrical intersections made of plexiglass explore the material contingencies that bind fact to language and the points of intersection between the two: truth. The transparency of the material, the way light reflects through and on it, and the false planes and reflections that define the image explore the imaginary moment of realization in which truth is temporarily made visible as a connective principle. 

WHAT COWBOYS DON'T HAVE

WHAT COWBOYS DON'T HAVE (2020)

A joke, a pun, an allusion. This diptych comprising a hanging sculpture and a painting is a conversation in pink across media; a chromatic dialogue in which folds and drips tell stories of absent characters and very present desires.

PAINTINGS

 

PAINTINGS

In my practice, painting and sculpture are parts of the same creative process. It was a few years ago that, while working on one of my paintings, I began to consider the possibility that paint could lift from the canvas and become its own expressive object, that it could be freed from its flatness to say more than it otherwise might. So, I look at these paintings as the beginning of a journey that has led me to where I am today. 

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

Two Artists Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

 

 

 

2021 Lesley Bodzy, curated by Evelyn Tsekoura, Holy Art Gallery, Hackney Downs Studios, London, UK
2021 Choose & Frame: Watercolors by Lesley Bodzy, curated by Yvonamor Palix, Palix Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2020 Lesley Bodzy: Absence and Presence, curated by John Lee Matney, Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, VA
2020 Lesley Bodzy: Plexiglass Works, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2020 Lesley Bodzy: Wrapping and Unveiling, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

 


2021 Golden Desire, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2018-19 Two Person Exhibition, Lincoln Towers, New York, NY

 


2021 Viridian Gallery Exhibition, curated by Susan Harris, New York, NY
2021 ChaShaMa: Fire and Ice, curated by Alexandra Rutsch Brock, One Brooklyn Place Park Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2021 Art Over Time, curated by Charlotta Kotik, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
2020 Gesture and Motion, curated by Margaret Carrigan, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2020 Blue Mountain Gallery Exhibition, curated by Martica Sawin, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY
2020 Art On The Wall, Flatfile Gallery, New York, NY
2020 8 x 8 on paper, Flatfile Gallery, New York, NY
2020 Skies, Grey Cube Gallery, New York, NY HONORABLE MENTION
2020 New York State of Mind Small Works Exhibition, insidesmall.com, New York, NY
2020 ChaShaMa: Art We Need Now, curated by Allison Green, One Brooklyn Place Park Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2020 Flux: Vita Mutata, curated by Natsuki Takauji, Sculptors Alliance, New York, NY
2019 Small and Smaller Exhibition, curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2019 Small Works Show, curated by Anna Shukeylo, Gallery 178 at Cornerstone Studios, New York, NY
2019 Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition, Manhattan Borough President's Office, New York, NY
2018 National Show at Prince Street Gallery, curated by Robert Birmelin, New York, NY
2018 All Art + Exhibition, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY
2017 National Show at Prince Street Gallery, curated by Stuart Shils, New York, NY
2021 The Dreamers, curated by Evelyn Tsekoura, Holy Art Gallery, Hackney Downs Studios, London, UK (3rd Place)
2021 The Next Big Thing 2021, curated by Peter Mays, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
2021 Art House Sawyer Yards-Artist Contract, curated by Grace Zuniga, Sawyer Yards, Houston, TX
2021 6th Annual Waterscapes Exhibition, curated by Chris & Valerie Hoffman, Fusion Arts, LLC, Palm Springs, CA
2021 Graffiti – Art in the City, curated by Sara Ledbetter, The Garden Club of Houston, Houston, TX
2021 Mixmaster: Juried Members Exhibition, curated by Leslie Garrett, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
2021 Catch Phrase, curated by Kristen Kendrick Bigley, CoLab Gallery, Denton, TX
2021 Something Blue, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2020 Creating Joy, curated by Melissa Feldman, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
2020 small works – BIG TALENT, curated by Lori McBride, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2020 Spirit of the Season Small Works Exhibition, curated by Nikki Hung, Womens Work.Art, Poughkeepsie, NY
2020 5th Anniversary Art Competition, Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA
2020 Fact vs. Fiction, curated by Sam Adams, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
2020 Little By Little, curated by Andy Burgess, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
2020 Water Media National Exhibition, curated by Christine Lucas, Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary, Dallas, TX
2020 re. fresh., curated by Kristen Kendrick Bigley, CoLab Gallery, Denton, TX
2020 Primar(il)y Red, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2020 Petit: Smaller Sized Art, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2020 Orange Juiced, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2020 In Black and White, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2020 Isolation, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2020 The Next Big Thing, curated by Leah Ollman, Channel Islands Art Studios, Camarillo, CA
2020 Aptitude, curated by Robyn Parker Feehan, the gallery 8680, Frisco, TX
2020 4th Annual Skies Exhibition, curated by Valerie and Chris Hoffman, Palm Springs, CA
2020 Abstrakt, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2020 “Flight Of The Monarch” International Art Biennial, Houston, TX
2020 Art and Words, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2020 Five Points Annex Small Works Exhibition, curated by Power Booth, Five Points Annex Gallery, Torrington, CT
2020 Paris Rive Gauche *Three Person Exhibition, Yvonamor Palix Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2020 University of Texas Meadows Gallery International Exhibition, curated by Leslie Moody Castro, Tyler, TX
2020 Purple, Gold, and White: Reflections on Women’s Suffrage, Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas, TX
2020 Discovering Repeating Patterns Exhibition, Sawyer Yards, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX
2019 Bianco: Art Celebrating White, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2019 Primar(il)y Red: Celebrating The Color Red, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2019 Petit: A Group Exhibition Of Smaller Sized Art, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2019 Unique Medium Exhibition, curated by Sylvia Diaz, Art JuXtapose Gallery, Rosendale, NY
2019 Steam: Math and Art Exhibition, curated by Lucas Kelly, West Windsor Arts Council, Princeton Junction, NJ
2019 Terrain: A Group Exhibition of Landscape Art, curated by Robert Langdon, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2019 The Shape of Memories, curated by Arianne Faber Kolb, Loft Artists Gallery, Stamford, CT
2019 Sense Of Place: There, Galaudet Gallery, Eau Claire, WI
2019 Discovery: 13 Emerging Artists of 2019, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY
2019 La Bienal Houston, curated by Eduardo Portillo, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX
2019 Guild Hall 81st Artist Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY
2019 Landscapes: Observed & Interpreted, curated by Ananda DeMello, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX
2019 Neoteric Abstract VII Exhibition, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2019 Five Points Small Works Exhibition, curated by Brigid Kennedy, Five Points Annex Gallery, Torrington, CT
2019 Mattatuck Museum, Mixmaster Exhibition, curated by Ashley Dillman, Waterbury, CT
2018 Petit: A Group Exhibition, curated by Robert Lang, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2018 Embodying Masonic Values, Masonic Temple and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2018 Coast to Coast Exhibition, curated by Kay Carlson, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA
2018 Waterfront Exhibition, Manhattan Borough President's Office, New York, NY
2018 True Independence Group Exhibition, Lucille Khornak Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2018 Mattatuck Museum, Mixmaster Exhibition, curated by Sara Shaoul, Waterbury, CT
2018 Ninth Annual Small Works Exhibition, Manhattan Borough President's Office, New York, NY
2017 Celeste Prize 2017 Competition, 9th Edition, Longlisted (Honorable Mention), London, UK
2017 Celebrate! National Exhibition, curated by Donna Seager, Arts Guild of Sonoma, Sonoma, CA
2017 City Views Exhibition, Manhattan Borough President's Office, New York, NY
2017 New York Artists Exhibition, Chaffetz Lindsey, New York, NY
2017 The Big Show 2017, curated by Toby Kamps, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2015 Four Artists Exhibition, Conference Center, New York, NY

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Lesley Bodzy