Artist of the Day / Leslie Tilley

I always like to see, and show, what other artists are doing with lighting.

“I made my first lamp in 1991, and it was love at first light. Since then I have built lamps out of blenders, toasters, plumbing parts, gears, coffee pots, pepper mills, flower pots, gelatin molds, colanders, cigar boxes, birdcages, and other assorted treasures.”


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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2 Responses to Artist of the Day / Leslie Tilley

  1. 4F Lighting says:

    Thanks Mike. I can’t take credit for the Chinese figurine lamp, though.

  2. OK, I’ve replaced it with one of your other beautiful lamps.


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