Statement and Bio

Statement and Bio

Artist's Statement

I use the material of pure paint mixed with tar gel to make draped, surreal sculptures that reflect both the absence and presence of the self.

The gold drapery alludes to the shiny veneer we each present to the world. Taught to play roles that please our parents and society, our challenge is to seek our true selves. The drapes are façades that conceal feelings and emotions we experience every day in the quietness of our own reflections. This series of works attempts to visualize and process the invisible pressures many girls of my generation endured while conforming with the golden standard of stereotypical femininity.

With each piece, I embark upon a journey of discovery. I begin with a vision, which changes when confronted with the constraints of the materials. Navigating this tension mirrors the challenges we face in life. For me, this is the reward of making art.


Lesley Bodzy is a painter and sculptor who works in New York City and Houston. She is currently a 2021 MFA candidate at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

She is represented by galleries in Saugerties, NY, Houston, TX, Williamsburg, VA and Jersey City, NJ. Her work was recently shown in New York City at Chashama and Sculptors Alliance. Other recent exhibitions include Site:Brooklyn, Emerge Gallery in Saugerties, NY, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA, the Meadows Gallery in Tyler, TX, and at Holy Art in London, UK.

Lesley has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and studied art at Hunter College and the Art Students League of New York.