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New Project – TLE’s Exquisite Fantastic!

November 1, 2019


For many years, we’ve dreamed of using the TLE space to create an original exquisite corpse-inspired collection. So, in honor of our 10th year, we’re doing it! Every two weeks, from November 2019 through March of 2020, through the Exquisite Fantastic project, we’ll feature the work a new Baltimore-area writer or artist has created in response to the one before them.

We asked one of our favorite Baltimore painters and previous TLE contributor, Gina Pierleoni, to create the work that would kick off our project. Her mission: to capture the TLE experience in and of itself — and open the doors of creativity to the writer who will follow her. We’re so pleased to share her gorgeous original work here tonight, and we invite you to follow along here and on our social media channels as we make new work all winter long!

Thank you, Gina!

Artist 1: Gina Pierleoni

Title:  Navigating Tendrils

Gina’s Inspiration:  The stuff of life: hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, beauty  /  The words we say to ourselves and others  /  Birds nesting, fledging, holding on, letting go

Gina Pierleoni is a Baltimore based artist using portraiture to spark conversations about empathy and our common humanity.  Portrait painting demands curiosity, stillness and deep observation. Pierleoni’s mixed media portraits push past label and judgments, attempting to “de-separate” us.  These are real people, alive, changing, genuine and vulnerable.


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  1. A. Garnett Weiss permalink
    November 2, 2019 1:56 pm

    Wish the project well.
    Great start Gina. I cherish our collaboration a while ago.
    Just sorry the ‘dialogue’ is only open to Baltimore artists and writers. Garnett

    • November 2, 2019 3:01 pm

      Thank you, Garnett! I struggled with this decision, but in the end chose to keep this one close to home since it’s an experiment. If it seems like there’s interest, perhaps we’ll do another one after this round closes out. 🙂

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