"ANIMAL ABECEDARY" Works from Leslie Haines


Sunday, August 31 - Tuesday, September 30


Artist Bio:
This animal alphabet series began while I was flipping through my well worn book of Victorian engravings. I came across an image of a stout walrus with a human face and it stopped me dead in my tracks. The image was so startlingly weird and wonderful, I knew I had to work with it. My animal series explores unusual juxtapositions by taking something that might be ordinary, like an alphabet book, and turning it into a fanciful flight of unusual and interesting pairings. My goal is at once humorous and artistic, to mix not only unexpected imagery but to also create visual eye candy through rich texture and color. Letterpress type, engravings, drawings, magazine imagery, photography, and old book pages all mix together in Photoshop to become something new.


Ms. Haines is currently an Associate Professor of Visual Communication in the School of Journalism at MTSU. Prior to this position, she chaired Graphic Design programs at The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville and Watkins College of Art & Design. She received an MFA in Graphic Design from Marywood University and an MA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University. Ms. Haines created the design for the new Tennessee arts license plate which is integral in supporting the arts all across the state. In addition, two of her hat designs are currently selling at over 200 Target stores across the country. Leslie Haines has over twenty years of experience in the fields of graphic design and advertising, and is now applying her skill sets to creating original imagery in the form of digital collage.


Each 16 x 20 archival Gicleé print is reproduced on smooth bamboo fine art paper.


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