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 Solo Exhibitions

2015 Revival, George Billis Gallery, New York, New York
2014 Equipoise, Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2012 Relatives, The Architectural Foundation Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2011 Objects of My Reflection, Faulkner Gallery West, Santa Barbara, California

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Joie de Vivre,
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito, California

2015
100 Grand,
Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Summer Group Show
, George Billis Gallery, New York, New York

2014
100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Red Dot Art Fair, George Billis Gallery, Miami, Florida

2013
100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, Best in Show Award
Relatives, Esther Pullman & Leslie Lewis Sigler, Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, Massachusetts

2012
100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College
Off the Wall, Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board, Santa Barbara, California

2011
100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
5×5: An Invitational, Westmont Museum of Art, Montecito, California
Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, First Place Award
Santa Barbara Art Roots: Celebrating 60 Years, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2010
Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California
Views and Visions: Travelers, Reynolds Gallery at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California

2009
Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California
Views and Visions: Interior Space, Reynolds Gallery at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California

BIBLIOGRAPHY/PUBLICATION

Santa Barbara Magazine; Spring 2016
Santa Barbara Sentinel; January 2016
American Art Collector;
December 2015
San Marcos Daily Record; November 8, 2015
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

BFA, 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 California and New York. 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.

REPRESENTED BY

Jane Deering Gallery
George Billis Gallery