Leslie Kelman

I map places, structures and daily activity, with the goal of producing an uncanny version of these things. Memories are so tied to place that I feel they become inseparable, especially in dreams. When I build, whether from lumber and metal in real space or on my computer in virtual space, it is an implied narrative that I’m trying to convey. Nostalgia can be sweet or menacing, sometimes simultaneously. I try not to cherry pick the psychological geography I map as it is not realistic to feel all good or all bad. Or all anything, for that matter. When I recreate social interactions, I likewise try to locate many seemingly unrelated aspects equally in the piece – mundane transactions, feelings of alienation, childlike curiosity, or whatever else the subject matter triggers in me. I don’t seek to misrepresent the world around me to fit a narrative, but I do aspire to find and illuminate a narrative that others might recognize.