Lesley Hilling is an established artist living and working in Brixton, south London. She was originally trained and worked as a graphic designer, with her practice gradually evolving to visual arts.
Working predominantly with found and recycled materials, often not just wood, but pieces of glass, camera lenses, vintage photographs, Hilling carefully selects, paints and assembles numerous pieces into large complex compositions.
Old furniture and pianos come alive again in intricate constructions, and her delicate craftsmanship only stresses more the longing for the world lost.
Hilling’s acutely detailed wooden sculptures serve as archives to the endless memories the objects, they were once parts of, contain. Nostalgia and the feeling of longing for the times past are the driving forces behind Lesley’s art practice.
With her more recent works, which are bolder in colour and more rigid in structure, Hilling pays homage to her past as a graphic designer and takes a move towards abstraction. Focusing on the grid, that is at the core of each of her works, she speaks of modern day capitalist society as a system that keeps societies in place, economically and socially.