Gabbard plans art exhibit
opening at A Perfect Day Cafe
art shows balance
and struggle, humor and tragedy
(April 2009) An opening reception for artist
Leslie Gabbard is planned for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3,
at A Perfect Day Cafe, 221 E. Walnut St. in North Vernon, Ind. The event
will feature wine tasting for $5. The exhibit will be up throughout
the month of April.
Leslie Gabbards lifecasting
is the art of making molds directly
from the human body in order to
produce life-size sculptures.
Gabbard was born in Detroit and now lives in North Vernon.
Her work has previously been shown in the Indiana towns of Seymour,
Nashville, Madison and Broadripple.
Her art expresses feelings that communicate the intensity of a particular
moment in her life. It usually starts with an idea followed by the colors
she feels, which are then reflected in her paintings. This approach
evokes raw passion and often contains deeper layers of meaning. Her
paintings are like looking into a two-way mirror; its not just
form and color that are reflected, or what we see and recognize on the
Her work shows balance and struggle, humor and tragedy, love and pain
capturing what it means to be alive.
Also on display will be some of her recent works involving the idea
that when tiny sections of the human form are painted or photographed,
it completely abstracts them. She leaves it up to the observer to interpret
what they see.
A limited amount of color and line tells ones mind that
the form they are seeing is human, she says. Their imagination
then takes over. What people see in the abstraction says far more about
them than it does about me. These pieces are intended to provoke thought,
This lifeCasting is the art of making molds
directly from the human body in order to produce life-sized sculptures.
A casting material is then poured into the mold. When the casting material
cures, the mold is removed revealing the sculpture.
Lifecasting is more than simply taking a mold from the body. It is what
the artist does with that mold how he poses it, how he casts
it, the story he tells with it that is completes the answer to what
is lifecasting. In fact, when properly executed, lifecasting, like painting,
dancing, playing an instrument or sculpting, it is an art form all to
Gabbard said she learned to do lifecasting from local award-winning
sculptor Bill Holmes. He taught me part of the process when I
was faced with the possibility of having breast cancer. Luckily, I did
not, but there are five woman in my family who have had the disease,
so this is a project very dear to me. My only intent for learning the
process was to offer it to other woman who want it done prior to a mastectomy,
or even as a tool to aid in their recovery afterwards.
For more information, contact Gabbard at (812)
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