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Leslie Ann Pilling

Mum | 27″ x 33″ | Black archival ink on paper | 2021

Artist Statement

Leslie Ann Pilling’s hometown Detroit garnered her frame of reference. Her maternal and paternal guides were cultural anthropologists. They in-grained the value of people and their vast differences and extraordinary similarities. From a tot to current work Pilling accepted herself as artistic: labeled an artist by her parents and siblings as a vulnerable youngster. Although put in a box, though-out the years she has flipped the box to stand on as an advocate of people. Her quote, “People are people, people! The works of Leslie Ann Pilling are pulled from her creative philosophy. Every minute decisions in life can zap you or wake you up. Pilling’s singular works flows without contemplation, but when complete triggers reflection and self-judgment questioning the inter-ability of honest-art. 

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Collected Detroit
Detroit Artist Market

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Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.