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Handwritten Dreams

Leslie Adams's avatar Leslie Adams

Drawing is my first love but I’m infatuated with cursive - with signatures, autographs, and anything written in one’s own hand. I love dreams created within one’s own imagination. The very act of recording a dream, handwritten on paper or chalkboard, opens the door to possibility. As a little girl, I dreamed of becoming an artist and tried to record my dreams in perfect penmanship. Though personal, my work celebrates the hopes, aspirations, and dreams that we, as children and adults, universally share. It begins with my story told in a large-scale triptych, a self-portrait. A child writes a list of hopes and dreams on a chalkboard (L). An empty classroom provides evidence of the day’s lessons in cursive (C) and at present, the list lives and grows (R). The story continues in front of the work. School desks provide the space and time where ArtPrize visitors can pause, reflect, and write their own dreams on paper. Each visitor then pins their hopes to an ever-growing wall of dreams.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 15'
  • Medium: Charcoal, writing paper, vintage desks
  • Width: 25 - 35'
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 8'