Leslie Roberts
This body of work began with casual drawings and notes made in my date book, on graph paper, while riding the subway. Looking for configurations outside my habits of composition, I played with systems for translating words into gridded networks of texture, color, and shape. I might use a different mark or color for each sentence, systematically recording the occurrences of letters in the rows and columns of the grid. As I made more drawings, and eventually, some paintings, I got hooked on their visual variety and unpredictability, while finding their underlying structures unexpectedly satisfying.

The texts in these works mirror the dailiness of life and the meanderings of my mind. They include free-associated thoughts; words and phrases seen on a journey or in a particular place; word-portraits of family and friends; and LOTS of lists. Whether confessional or banal (or both), these texts form a journal of sorts (the autobiographies hidden in our to-do lists!)

You don't necessarily have to read the words when you look at the work, though. They're not puzzles to be solved or decoded--in fact, sometimes I leave the words out. I hope the layered marks and colors, in their regimented tangles, yield a visual pleasure direct and enticing enough to require no glossary.

Leslie Roberts