Leslie Song BFA Fibers

“After reading or rereading children’s fairy tales with an adult perspective it was interesting to note how certain passages did not bother me as a child, such as Snow White’s stepmother being forced to dance in iron shoes until she died.  Only after forming an adult point of view did I notice that these princesses were passive, mild, and meek to their situation, an observation which sparked an interest in re-interpreting fairy tales.  My intent is to focus on creating characters with more dimensionality and personality through facial expression, body movement and depiction, and using fairy tale literary criticism as a point of departure for my open-ended narratives.  I also feel that it is important to highlight the absurd utopian ideals found within a good number of well-known fairy tales such as beauty equating with goodness and complete obedience leads to a future happy life.  By using sheer and translucent fabrics I hope to create pieces that give an overall impression of delicacy and lushness that at the same time use imagery that contradicts its aesthetic first impression.” Leslie Song

“Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.” Eugene O’Neill   

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