“We Belong…. “Dispels ” the desert” within the self to come home to ourselves” We Belong… also reminds us that to nurture a sense of belonging, is the cohesion of healthy action: protecting what is sacred, choosing kindness and demonstrating courage, together with genuine concern for others. This is ultimately indispensable for our own individual happiness.
Candace Leslie, Visual Artist
Candace Leslie is a visual artist exploring the symbiotic relationships evident in motherhood, haircare and the manifold forms of blackness. As self-taught oil painter and collage artist born and raised in Columbus, GA, she cultivated a strong appreciation for plant life, natural elements and fable and folklore. Utilizing a hybrid practice combining gritty, gnarled texture and multi-layered brushstroke techniques with transformative chroma, Candace paints upon various surfaces, including wood panel, framed canvases and long, linen strips. Her current work highlights the nurturing aspects of haircare and rites of passing on cultural knowledge of this symbiotic nurturing transmitted across generations of women and children, showcased inside surreal, folkloric settings. Candace’s work has been included in the Hair @Ely group exhibition at Ely Center for Contemporary Art and West Harlem Arts: Resilience exhibition. You can find her work on her candaceleslie.com and on her