cararobbins-leslielewis-89In my work I explore family objects as “families” of objects—individual silver heirlooms that are related to one another in a single collection and, collectively, to the individual families that put them into domestic practice and social circulation. I’m interested in the histories and lifespans of these objects, their ability to reflect our own personal life stories and family histories, and the way they continue to connect us to one another in time and space in an increasingly digitally mediated and disconnected world.

Silver family heirlooms, such as flatware and vessels, intrigue me because they seem to have an eternal life: although they may tarnish and age beyond recognition, polishing them quickly returns their original luster.  Such items pass through family generations as cherished heirlooms, survive the purgatory of antique markets, or perhaps find new life at estate sales. As their stories evolve, they form a lineage that connects us to one another, across generations and geographies.

By composing individual portraits of silver heirlooms, I explore the character evident in their inherent design and ever-changing patina. Each singular object’s form, condition, and character transform an otherwise functional object into something rich with history and artistic beauty, with the power to reflect our own life stories and family histories in the process.

photo: Cara Robbins


Born in San Marcos, Texas, 1983
Lives and works in Santa Barbara, California

Selected Exhibitions

04.2014 | Equipoise | Esther Pullman & Leslie Lewis Sigler, Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
12.2013 | 100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
10.2013 | Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, Best in Show Award
08.2013 | Relatives, Esther Pullman & Leslie Lewis Sigler, Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, Massachusetts
03.2013 | relatives [Solo Exhibition], The Architectural Foundation Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
12.2012 | 100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
10.2012 | Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College
05.2012 | Oil & Water, Leslie Lewis Sigler & Lily Guild, Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Santa Barbara, California
04.2012 | Off the Wall, Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board, Santa Barbara, California
12.2011 | 100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
11.2011 | 5×5: An Invitational, Westmont Museum of Art, Montecito, California
10.2011 | Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, First Place Award
08.2011 | One Night Stand, Gallery 27, Santa Barbara, California
07.2011 | Objects of My Reflection [Solo Exhibition], Faulkner Gallery West, Santa Barbara, California
03.2011 | Santa Barbara Art Roots: Celebrating 60 Years, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
10.2010 | Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California
05.2010 | Views and Visions: Travelers, Reynolds Gallery at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California
10.2009 | Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California
05.2009 | Views and Visions: Interior Space, Reynolds Gallery at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California
05.2006 | University of Texas Design Senior Show, Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, Texas

BIBLIOGRAPHY/PUBLICATION

UPPERCASE Magazine; Issue 23, October 2014
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine;
May 9, 2014

Victoria Magazine
;
January/February 2014
Between Seer and Seen;
Mark Robert Halper, 2013
Santa Barbara City College, The Channels; October 7, 2013
designsponge.com, April 2013
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine; May 25, 2012

UPPERCASE Magazine
; Issue 10, July 2011
The Santa Barbara Independent; “New Paintings in Old Town,” July 21, 2011
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine; July 8, 2011
The Santa Barbara Independent, May, 2011
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine; April 1, 2011
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine; June 4, 2010
1000 Handmade Greetings, Rockport Publishers, 2008
Analecta Literary Magazine, 2002

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, University of Texas at Austin

BIOGRAPHY

Born in central Texas, Leslie Lewis Sigler studied painting at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2008, she has made Santa Barbara, CA home and has exhibited in solo and group shows in the Santa Barbara area. Since 2011 she has been scavenging and painting family heirlooms while witnessing their stories and histories unfold as she translates their portraits to panel and canvas.

GALLERY

Leslie’s work is available at
Jane Deering Gallery
George Billis Gallery