Born 1954
Lives and works in Vermont

Year created:
Leslie Fry, Collosal AcornHead, 2012

Leslie Fry. Collosal AcornHead. 2012. Bronze. 36 x 60 x 40 inches

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36 x 60 x 40 inches

Lent by the artist.
Exhibit Date: 
On View Jul 01, 2013

No longer on view.

Leslie Fry synthesizes architectural details, human characteristics, self-created mythology, and the natural elements of the world to create whimsical and imaginative works of art. Using traditional materials such as cast bronze, clay, and plaster, Fry sculpts flora and fauna with surreal alterations. Many works seem to be frozen in a stage of metamorphosis, leaving the viewer to wonder if the form is nearing the end stages of evolution or only beginning to develop into its new form. 

Inspired by both the organic and the manmade, Fry uses imagery deeply associated with humanity–either through subject matter that contends with our basic human needs–food, shelter, and clothing–or through her tendency to anthropomorphize objects. Often focusing on the human head, hands, or torso, Fry’s sculptures offer a sense of relatable intimacy and explorative consciousness.

Cast in bronze, Colossal AcornHead (ed. 1 of 5) continues with the theme of personification by blurring the line between nature and human. As the title suggests, this artwork is a fusion of a human head and an acorn. The monumental quality of the emerging facial features and the Corinthian-style motifs around the crown of the head reference both the sculptures and architecture of ancient civilizations. As with many of her works, Fry uses cryptic, dream-like imagery to suggest legends, myths, or narratives explaining the identity of the fictional entity being depicted.

Born in Montreal, Leslie Fry now lives in Winooski, Vermont and has studios in Vermont and Florida.  She received a B.A. from the University of Vermont, an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.  Her work has been exhibited internationally and her work is included in collections at Songchu Art Valley International Sculpture Park, Tufts University, Kohler Arts Center, Fleming Museum, and Tampa Museum of Art.