PHILOSOPHY
My artworks address the body as a material space of reflection and transformational potential.   I am heavily invested in the materiality of my sculptures, and often create a material laden frame that invites the viewer inside.  In my inhabitable works, I riff off of structures commonly built around the body – such as clothing, costume, and furniture.  These works are built using raw, physical materials to communicate in body-based terms like weight, texture, temperature, scent, and sound reflection.

Over the past two years, this physically focused investigation has turned toward themes of human-animal kinship, and the body’s central role within that inquiry.  My recent sculptures take aim at human exceptionalism, which I see as a contemporary discourse stemming from those within feminist, queer, ability, and race studies.  I want to shake up this long-standing socio-political hierarchy as part of an ongoing fight for all differently bodied lives’ right to be.

In this new research, I have carved a diagonal trajectory, moving through sources ranging from the critical theories of Judith Butler, Sarah Ahmed, and Donna Haraway, to the prehistoric animal carvings and drawings in the Dordogne Valley, to the emerging discipline of Animal Studies and the Posthumanities.  I wonder, how can our paleo-past inform our post-human future?

My newest works also explore the diagonal as a literal manifestation of queer politics. Resisting the straight, right angles of the normative world, with this work, I am creating a sculptural field of diagonally oriented objects.  The mathematical and building challenges presented by these objects fascinates me – they are difficult, and their resulting forms often unexpected.

I wonder if structures and images can shift our perceptions? Or if a particular alchemy of material and form can enhance a willingness to be vulnerable, a willingness to change or be changed?

My artworks invite the viewer to slow down, make contact with the material of their bodies, and find out for themselves.

 

LLEWELYNN FLETCHER CV  (PDF)

 

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY PERMANENTLY INSTALLS TRANSFORMATION MASK: HAWK, COVERAGE BY MIKE THEE (LINK)

 

DEMOS COVERAGE: PRISON PHOTOGRAPHY (LINK); WILLAMETTE WEEK (LINK)(LINK); PORTLAND TRIBUNE (LINK); PORTLANDART.NET (LINK)

 

NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE, CARVILLE ANNEX COVERAGE BY JAIME GROSS   (PDF)

 

AESTHETICA (LINK)

 

GLANCE, AWARDS AND ACCOLADES, PG 43  (LINK)

 

DARTMOUTH ALUMNI MAGAZINE, NEWSMAKERS COVERAGE BY BONNIE BARBER  (PDF)

 

THE BOLD ITALIC, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS AT CARVILLE ANNEX BY JENNIFER MAERZ   (LINK)

 

INHABITING SPACE STATIONS, ACE LEHNER PERFORMANCE INTERVIEW   (LINK)

 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN, ALL THE YOUNG TURKS BY MATT SUSSMAN   (PDF)

 

ARTISTS AND ASTRONAUTS, “breathe,”: ART SHOW WITH WELLY FLETCHER  BY SERENA COLE   (LINK)

 

AUDIO TOUR OF CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS MFA EXHIBIT 2010, INTERVIEW WITH TANIA KETENJIAN   (AUDIO)