all rights reserved Scari.Org
Lester Leeland therapy session form 1987 - 1994
Art Therapy session 54, Images changed little over the seven years of
5/12/94 one of the last pictures given to my assistant by Lester Leeland
Conundrum as Therapy
Subconscious and the
persistence of Symbolism.
by Wendell Tately
Subconscious and the persistence of recurring imagery in clinical setting:
The conundrum Icon as a recurring theme can be found in many places, seemingly
springing from nowhere. The images on this page were created by a patient
of mine. Lester Leeland was committed by his aunt at the age of 23 after
a long bout with delusional behavior. He was under my care for seven years
from 1987 to 1994. During that timeline he showed little improvement.
Through my sessions with him, I encouraged his exploration of his visions/hallucinations
in pictoral form, i.e. through art.
Lester was seemingly intelligent and perceptive but his interior life
was all consuming, leaving him with little ability to interact in normal
verbal discourse. Visual depictions seemed to be his most effective means
of communication, but through his art he was able to communicate his bedeviling
Art therapy session97, :Image drawn 9/17/90. Interesting geologic content
in almost all of his drawings.
This covered animal is rare in his series of Conundrum images
|The drawings, on paper with conté crayon,
were numerous. His productivity was prolific, but his subject matter never
Lester Leeland seemed fixated on the depiction of a plane, a landscape cast
with shadow many dark colors, as if seen by night in moonlight. Within this
context were seen an unending number of double ended animals. These were
buttoxes conjoined. The animals were depicted in many ways but without variation
in color, tone or hue. With no variation, the pictures were all cast within
a geologic context. The animations were in both foreground and background,
some buried as if they were rock formations or buried animals anchored in
place by millennia of geologic cycles.
In my limited communication with Lester Leeland, I could not get a definitive
comment on his thoughts of the meaning of these perplexing drawings.
Lester was released from my care in 1994. Since that time I have treated
other patients who have exhibited similar content but Lesters infirmity
was the most profound I have, to this date, seen.
Art therapy session166, Image drawn 12/25/88 Note the use of perspective
and the linkage of forms, drawn in some strange time of day -- neither
night nor day. The geologic formations never changed.
As a practicing psychiatrist I have not seen this icon in everyday, pedestrian
art; I have not seen symbols in advertisements or exhibits using this
theme. If it were not for my association with Ephima Morphew I would not
have known of the commonness of this recurring symbol through time.
Image drawn in summer of 1988. This is one of the early images I encouraged
Lester to explore. There is a static nonanimate narrative quality to imagery.
There is a strong sculptural element to these images.