There are three ways that I have found to approach the creation and execution of a work of art: (1) through a process using materials to arrive at the content or usually arriving through a series of drawings, paintings or sculptures or (2) Through a problem or question that needs to be heard and expressed through a protracted and yet mindful choice of the style, materials and techniques necessary to its visual form, or (3) Through the unconscious workings of my conceptual and intuitive process where an image presents itself in a Zen-like moment of realization.
No matter, what the approach, there are a few things I find to have an enduring presence in my life and work: the sensuality and sheer beauty of materials and the wonderful contrasts and emotions that they can evoke. I delve into experimentation and the discoveries that are found through mindful play. I understand and question the world’s and universe’s order and chaos through the process of making art, and lastly, but with more measure as I mature, my care for humanity and how it is expressed and active in my work.
Catherine Leisek is “ manipulator, an artist who combines acrylics oils, watercolors, pastels, and collage to create works that qualify as both paintings and drawings…. for Leisek provocative and ambiguous images form the crux of her art. Sometimes collage elements of metallic paper and heavy dollops of paint provide unexpected textures. Forms are seldom isolated in these compositions, yet no element can be removed without jeopardizing the unity of each scheme” Roger Hurlburt , Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale FL
Leisek’s multi- dimensional work shows versatility in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums and over her career she has exhibited a brought range of styles and techniques honed and influenced as a professor of art. Choosing from a broad array of materials her work reflects her interest in social and political commentary as a means of change. The styles and materials vary from witty narratives to conceptual objectivity always infused with a unique worldview.
As a Professor and in the Visual and Performing Art Department at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale she teaches Art History, Sculpture and Three Dimensional Design. Leisek an accomplished widely exhibited international artist and lecturer who have resided in South Florida for over 30 years. Professor Leisek was granted a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio: a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor, Windsor Ontario: and a Diploma in Studio Arts from Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada.
Catherine Leisek has exhibited with Artnauts since 2013.