The Arts Center Exhibit(s):
- Fall Festival Fine Art – 40th Anniversary, Sept 2012
- Conyne/Green, June 2012
- 'Portals,' Winter Show & Silent Auction, 2011
- 9th Around Oregon Annual Exhibition,' October, 2011
Artist's Statement, 'Cave' - 'Portals,' Winter Show & Silent Auction, 2011:
"Cave entrances – portals – led prehistoric humans and wild animals into places of shelter and safety. Cave walls also provided ancient people with a canvas to express their relationships with the non-human world through art. Looking across a threshold at the depiction of large, vanishing predators, honors both ancient connections and the animals essential to natural ecosystems today."
– Leslie Green, 2011
Artist's Statement, 9th Around Oregon Annual Exhibition,' October, 2011:
Human relationships with large animals – especially predators – have changed dramatically from pre-civilized times to the present. We have been modern humans for about 100,000 years; most of that time we were dependent on wild animals for our survival. We were also hunted by predators, and developed much of our intelligence and communication skills to avoid being eaten. The large predators that have survived – most under threat of extinction – assure balanced, healthy ecosystems. According to recent studies, without these animals, entire animal and plant populations will collapse. Many are slowly disintegrating already, creating negative consequences for all life – including mankind.
It has been a flash in time, a mere 12,000 years, since the beginning of animal domestication and rise of civilization. In this short period, our ancient dance with wild animals has been disregarded, repressed and forgotten. The purpose of my work is to open our eyes to the meaning we once shared with non-human beings. Through art we can learn to appreciate their “otherness”, thus helping to create aliveness in us by reaffirming our essential connection to nature. Acknowledging this connection will help us become more adamant defenders of the wild, which ultimately sustains us.
My sculpture attempts to capture an ancient aliveness, an animal essence. I’m honoring large predators – and other Pleistocene animals — in non-representational depictions, communicating to the barely conscious understanding held by most modern humans.
My study of ceramics began in 1968 at age 16. I learned the skill of throwing pottery from mentor Esther James – now 85 — and continued studying at U.C. Irvine with John Mason and at U.C.L.A., where I received a B.A. in Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts. In 1979, after teaching ceramics for five years and working as a production potter, I established Terraclay Studio in Santa Monica, California, where I designed and produced architectural-scale ceramics for corporations and individuals across the country, including stoneware wall murals, sculpture and large- scaled vessels.
In 1991 I relocated in Oregon, and began a series of organic-style stoneware wall pieces, indoor fountains and sculpted torso-like vessels. In 2000 I designed and began production of raku work that continues to sell at galleries including The Real Mother Goose, Earthworks, RiverSea and Artfulhome.com. I have exhibited work in national ceramic competitions, and various private collections include my art. I teach raku at Linn-Benton Community College in Corvallis and advanced handbuilding classes in my studio in Philomath.
My current work includes soda and high-fired stoneware sculpture, vessels and wallpieces inspired by Pleistocene cave art, nature and large animals.
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