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Slow and Steady
Leslie Holt
Slow and Steady
2020 | acrylic and embroidery on canvas | 20x20 | $2000

The diptych Fast and Foolish and Slow and Steady was originally inspired by Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare. Thinking she identified with the thoughtful, easy-going tortoise, Holt took to the canvas with thread, needle, and acrylic only to confront the reality that at maybe she was a little of both...so she made both. Her process revealed her own inner shadow work– a technique used in Jungian psychology that allows the subconscious to find the parts of the ego that are unknown. Holt’s black embroidered hand shadow puppets project one’s true self upon her gloriously stained canvas.

Holt has dedicated her artwork to erasing the mental health stigma and promoting mental health awareness. From her Neuro Blooms to her hysterical women series, Holt aims to expose the brain and how it works when someone experiences a mental illness. Through bright, bold stains and splashes, her work offers the light, beauty, and hope to be found even in the darkness.

Leslie Holt is from Bethesda, Maryland and currently resides in the DC metro area. She received a BFA in Painting at Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Painting at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Join her in the fight to end mental health stigma by checking out www.neuroblooms.com to learn more about her Neuro Bloom enamel pins made in collaboration with Apple Bottom Studios. 10% of all Neuro Bloom sales are donated to NAMI - the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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