Leslie is a contemporary artist and designer living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her BFA in painting and fibers from Truman State University and her Master of Science in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. Her current painting series explores the landscape as documented history and as an introspective look into a future affected by climate change.
“I aim to merge landscapes that exist in between the spaces of history, reality, the imaginary, and memory. Nature has been my constant source for enjoyment, creative inspiration, and peace. However, as we enter the Anthropocene I want to look both to the past and future to understand the consequences of environmental degradation and the ways it is transforming our world.”
The starting point typically begins with sketches and collage, followed by experiments with composition and imagery. Specific areas throughout the composition are purposely placed upside down and layered like strata as a way to represent time. Though painting is the central focus of Song's current work she also creates drawings, surface designs, and fiber art. As well as a visual artist, Leslie works as an assistant art manager at Fine Line Studios, an arts-based day program for adults with developmental disabilities. She designs and manages digital/ print marketing materials, and she teaches a variety of 2D art classes and marketing techniques to the artists. She also works as a graphic and textile designer for a local fashion designer.
2013 Master of Science, Textile Design, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Bachelor of Fine Art with Departmental Honors, Painting and Fibers, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
2017 Life Cycles, Third Degree Glass Factory, St. Louis MO
2019 Beyond the Horizon, Across the Divide II, Framations Art Gallery, St. Charles MO
2019 Putting It Together 2: The Art of Assembling, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles MO
2019 Bridges, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis MO
2019 SCC Invitational Exhibition, St. Charles Community College, St. Charles MO
2019 Attention to Detail, Art Saint Louis, St. Louis MO
2016 December33, The Old Orchard Gallery, St. Louis MO
2016 Fin, Furs, & Feathers, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis MO, Award of Merit
2015 Boone County Art Show, Columbia MO, 3rd Place-Professional Drawing
2013 Master of Science in Textile Design 2013 Graduate Exhibition, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia PA
2011 Fiber Arts Show, Infinity Art Gallery, Virtual Gallery, Director's Choice
2010 BFA Senior Thesis Show (Fiber Art), Truman State University, Kirksville MO
2009 BFA Senior Thesis Show (Painting), Truman State University, Kirksville MO
2009 Student Juried Exhibition, Truman State University, Kirksville MO, Best in Show
2009 Complex Cloths, Truman State University, Kirksville MO
2018 Chateau d'Orquevaux Artist Residency, Orquevaux, France
2018 Denis Diderot A-i-R Grant Recipient, Chateau d’Orquevaux
2017 “Now On Display: Life Cycles by Leslie Song.” Third Degree Glass Factory. April 25, 2017 (images).
Private Collections - US, France