A juried online exhibition organized by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community

Roots, Journeys, Diaspora and Refuge

Leslie Nobler

Work Description

Origins, ancestry, and diaspora are central to my decade-long body of work. Not only do the pieces here tie in directly (and literally) to my own journeys – but the background narrative in all my recent work deals with the origins and journey(s) of ancestors. This artwork explores a darker side, i.e. genocide, forced migration, and related socio-political horrors through a digital lens. However, it seeks to seduce the viewer with color, pattern, and materials, only to then offer up this painful subtext. My concern in this work is making that connection between genocide, colonization (Africa and beyond), and displacement, thereby compelling us to consider our own role in providing refuge.

Artist Bio
Leslie Nobler works in digital and mixed media art, producing artist’s books, surface design, and unique prints. Her recent work reinvents/reinterprets sacred objects, handmade textiles and artifacts using alternative digital print techniques. She exhibits extensively, including the New Jersey State Museum, Noyes and Montclair Art Museums (NJ), Old-Main Art Museum (AZ), Athenaeum Museum (PA), Kemper Museum of Art (MO), Afrigraphics Pretoria, and International Symposia on Digital Art in Bangkok and London. Nobler, honored by multiple inclusions in the SIGGRAPH (Worldwide Competition) Art Gallery and the International Symposium on Electronic Art, is an Art Professor at William Paterson University (NJ). Her work is represented in museum and university gallery collections, such as the University of Wisconsin Artist's Book Collection. A recipient of Surface Design Association and Puffin Artist’s Grants, she earned her BFA at University of Michigan, School of Art, MA at New York Institute of Technology and MFA at City University of New York - Hunter College.