Leslie Smith makes drawings, prints, and books based on her interest in mind, body, and the way we think about the self. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and a master’s degree in Library Science. She lives in North Carolina and teaches printmaking and book arts classes.
I use writing, drawing, printing, and papermaking to ask and answer questions. For me, imagery leads to writing and writing leads to imagery. For the last few years, I have been interested in the body and the mind. Curiosity has pushed me toward speculative questions. For example, what if emotions had a physical form? What would they look like? What if melancholy had a size, a shape, a color? I think melancholy would be harmless looking. It would be a pale blue seed that appears in the mind and then drifts softly down into the body. I create a response with text, drawings and diagrams. Currently, I am asking questions about the mind. Where are my memories? What is the pathway to a new thought? By imagining an answer, I make new ways to think about and explain the human experience.