I’m always fascinated by how often an artist’s space resembles their art, from the space itself to the objects lying around the studio to the way its organized – or not organized. Even the way the space is lit seems reflected in an artist’s color choices. Marfa artist Leslie Wilkes is no exception. The hard-edged lines of Wilkes’ work are all around her. The blinding white walls meet a dark wooden floor and the rafters and joists of the open ceiling create their own patterns of crisp lines. On the porch, sunlight angles down and draws patterns of shadows on the deck. Wilkes has surrounded herself with the aesthetics of her paintings – lots of straight lines, revealed corners and bold swaths of white.
Currently living in Marfa, Texas, Leslie Wilkes received a BA from the University of Texas and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was the recipient of the Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship Award at the MacDowell Colony. Wilkes is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas.
Everett Taasevigen is a Houston photographer.
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