Colorful and intricately designed with imagery that combines the light-hearted and the darkly primal characterize Leslie Giuliani’s artwork. Her work features a range of old and new textile techniques combining digital embroidery, hand embroidery, digital textile printing, sewing and rug hooking embellished with encaustic painting.
Her drawings are interpreted through digital programming and sewing processes. She also uses the homely craft of rug hooking in a nontraditional way. The colors and loops of the cut wool strips become textural building blocks in the design and composition.
Her oddly juxtaposed images create a loose narrative, yet they resist any single interpretation. Cartoony characters, botanicals, and geometrics oat asymmetrically or fall into sequence. Giuliani’s influences include Louise Bourgeois, for her inventive textile work; African-American quilters, for their asymmetrical, freeform patchwork; Sigmar Polke, for his unexpected combinations of materials, Philip Guston’s cartoon imagery; and Byzantine icon paintings, for their strong composition and at space.
Giuliani’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. She was a recipient in 2008 of an Artist Fellowship Grant for Craft from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and her work is included in the state of Connecticut’s permanent art collection. She teaches encaustic painting and rug hooking and has written articles on rug hooking for Rug Hooking and Hand/Eye magazines.