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Deanna Lee

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entwining / 2009 / acrylic on MDF / 35 x 17 inches
updraft / 2009 / acrylic on MDF / 17 x 18 inches
green wave / 2008 / watercolor and acrylic on wood / 18 x 18 inches
black hills / 2009 / marker and acrylic on wood / 18 x 18 inches
blue vibe / 2008 / acrylic on MDF / 26 x 32 inches
Artist's Statement

In my recent paintings, I draw clusters of lines in a process of controlled doodling. These clusters accumulate to form masses that evoke hair, muscles, fungi, waves, or currents. To me, the masses function as entities or characters that serve different roles in each work. I think of them as visual metaphors for social relationships and emotional states.

I am inspired by non-Western art, particularly Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan art, as well as cartoons and urban graphics. My goal is to arrive at a state of curiosity and tension in each work, where the forms suggest but do not declare their identities or purpose.


I have shown paintings, drawing installation, and sculptural installation in solo exhibitions at Wave Hill and PS122 in New York, Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, and Edward Williams College in Hackensack, New Jersey. My work has appeared in group shows at the Abrons Art Center at Henry Street Settlement, Artists Space, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, Galerie Lelong, Claire Oliver Gallery, and Hun Gallery in New York City; at Hyde Park Art Center, Klein Art Works, Jan Cicero Gallery, and Aron Packer Gallery in Chicago; and SPACES in Cleveland. I have received awards from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Linda Kramer Fellowship in Chicago, and the Asia Society in New York. I was a 2004 artist-in-residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and I was an artist-in-residence at Catwalk in upstate New York in 2008.