Leslie Wagner Art
My work is an exploration of impermanence, life, death, and the direct experience of each moment.

Most of my work concerns, time, the body, and paint dissolving. In drawing there is a direct contact with immediate time. When painting, I disperse material, content, and light. The works are made up of tiny circles, residues left from a variety of pigments, binders, and evaporation. Scratching at the surface reveals the growth memory of the work and further disperses visual history.

My drawings are about how form and emptiness are interdependent.
The use of drawing around my hand is a form of meditation as well as signature.
It is utterly ordinary to use one's hands, and at the same time, in each unique moment i've found myself ignoring my hands or using them unproductively. In ancient cave paintings, a mythic power exudes from marks made by the people who created them. This power resonates with ideas of intention, possessiveness, or determination. The abilities in my hands, of power and responsibility are a contemplation for me. it seems to take a long time to create and a brief moment to destroy.

By creating ambiguities in perception and practicing present moment awareness, manifested is a record of the process of living and passing through choices,how i use my hands, beauty, and decay. That simple journey is a great and inspiring mystery to me.