Leslie Tucker’s photo art explores what we buy, what we buy into, and how we are led by a culture of artful sellers. Her photographic constructions have been shown and recognized in various national and international exhibitions and periodicals. She was awarded the 2016 and 2017 first prize in the Fine Art Professional category of the international juried competition organized by Creative Quarterly: Journal of Art & Design. Tucker currently resides in Manhattan’s East Village and maintains a studio space in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Leslie Tucker’s photo art process is a continuation of the tradition that began with collage. She carefully composes and manipulates found images with various software tools, sometimes placing thousands of elements in one piece with incredible detail and precision. In an attempt to create social awareness and human self-reflection, the artist states: “I invite my audience to meander through my decorative tableaus to rediscover the underbelly of our humanity.” From this interest in decoding human nature, she hopes to generate a better understanding of who we are, who we’ve been, and who we are becoming. The artist’s preferred surface is Endura Metallic paper, its iridescent finish and rich metallic appearance is her 21st century nod to medieval gilding. But gilded is not golden, gilded has a sense of a patina covering something else.