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Feb. 11, 2005

Painter Leslie Wayne Will Discuss Her Work Feb. 24

Painter Leslie Wayne, an abstract painter and photographer from New York, will present a lecture on her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Wayne is a guest of the UI School of Art and Art History. Her talk will be free and open to the public.

Wayne creates her paintings in oil on wood. She paints thick layers of paint in various colors, and the scrapes away one or more layers, sometimes carefully and sometimes more violently. These works are generally of small size -- roughly 10 to 20 inches -- and intended to create a contradiction between the intimate size and monumental effects.

She explains: "As an abstract painter I have focused on condensing the expansive arena of heroic painting into a tiny format, forcing a shift between size and scale, as if the world were on a thimble. Small painting, large scale.

"In the photographs, this relational shift is turned back on itself. Intimacy is now achieved by blowing up the detail of a small painting into a large format."

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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