My name is Deanna Deley and I am an Illustration Major, soon to begin my junior
year at MICA. In the spring, I went to the office of Career Development trying to figure out what I was going to do with my summer. I knew that I needed some real-‐ world experience, and doing small commissions alone wouldn’t cut it. As much as I love working from home, I needed to get into something on a higher level than doing little drawings for friends. I knew that I needed more experience in the fine arts on a professional level, and that at some point I needed to spend some time in a big city like New York. My Peer Career advisor recommended I apply to an internship for Lesley Dill, a reputable contemporary artist from Brooklyn. She’s worked with man college students and has a setup for potential interns so they can enter with ease.
I sent Lesley an e-‐mail and she responded right away, asking for an interview. Getting there took some planning: finding a bus available during the week while avoiding schedule conflicts was a bit of an obstacle. I spoke to a teacher of mine who was kind enough to let me take a day off without it damaging my grade. I was interviewed in April and was accepted on the spot. My bus back to Baltimore didn’t leave until late that evening, so I had the opportunity to explore the city in the meantime.
I moved to Red Hook in May, approximately a week after the semester ended at
school. I wasn’t lucky enough to receive a scholarship, but was fortunate to have family in the area, an aunt and uncle who allowed me to stay with them. I had four days to get unpacked and settle in before the intern work began.
Lesley’s studio is open to interns three days a week, from Wednesday through
Friday. On these days, we are responsible for building and assembling the materials that go into each piece. The body of work in progress that I was involved with was a collection of freestanding, life-‐sized dresses, constructed from a variety of mediums from metal to painting. Everything Lesley does is based on a song or poem, and language is the heart of her creations. Each sculpture was either made up of or covered in words that match the literary passages. The piece I was mainly assigned to was made of layers upon layers of cutout metal layers, and then sewn together. This piece was just recently completed, and in my remaining time I was given various jobs, including painting letters on another dress, and silver leafing a chandelier.