Leila Du Mond
Medium/Materials: Glass, brass
Dimensions: 1.25 x 1.25 x 1.75 inches
When a word is repeated over again and again, it becomes foreign and abstracted, losing its meaning. Distinct syllables dissolve and regroup. Perception shifts, and understanding along with it. Continued repetition dissolves semantic noise, reducing familiar words to sounds. It distorts and abstracts until the only focus is the taste the words on the roof of your mouth.
As familiar structures are reimagined through the saturated lens, parallels begin to emerge. A fluidity exists between spaces and forms, between the soft, warped ridge of a tear duct rolling into the glassy white of the eye, and where a sloping hill gently rises before falling over itself to meet the surface of the water. When a shoulder blade is enlarged, it becomes a sand dune, a swollen ocean wave. Ridged masses surface and drag outward, swelling before gently folding upon themselves, like some viscous substance, glass, honey, falling from a ladle. Forms puddle and synthesize, converging and reconstituting in seemingly disconnected contexts .
Fluidities emerge though looking; looking and looking and looking until the object of attention becomes abstracted. Looking until focus shifts. Looking until our field of vision becomes saturated with the characteristics of a form, until its features warp and adjust to the environment, transforming it into something else entirely. The repetition dissolves conventionalized understandings, allowing us to to look past what we have been taught to see in favor of a greater specificity. It creates a brief window into an uncanny reality.
Leila Du Mond is a New York based artist and designer. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Leila creates fluid, sculptural works in glass and metal. She works reductively, excavating material and responding to surfacing forms. Her work is an intuitive response to site, material and sensation.