Leisel Whitlock is an interdisciplinary visual artist raised in New Orleans and Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. She studied at the Georgia State University Welch School of Art & Design in Atlanta, GA, Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY, and has an M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She often uses personal narrative storytelling to explore collective memory, belongingness, and joy. Whitlock is immersed in the multi-faced narrative of history, and its interconnections inspire her work. By investigating family relationships, myth making, and cultural identity, Whitlock shares snapshots of everyday life and gives voice to persons who do not typically control the telling of their own stories. With this in mind, Whitlock investigates her story and others' stories to position them as highly relatable & universal.
Whitlock lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner and their two children. She is currently working on various projects, including a collage series, centering the stories of BIPOC women whose presence was under-documented in American Old West mythology.