Still Life With Tangents by J.J. Lee
Visual Arts Awards Winner at the NAAAP Toronto Asian Canadian Artists' Awards.
June 2-26, 2005
Curated by Natalie Waldburger
Lennox Contemporary Art Gallery,
12 Ossington (@t Queen St.),
July 6-31, 2005 | Reception on Sat. July 9; 7pm
270 Water St,
Tel. (519) 271-4660
Still Life With Tangents is a body of work for an exhibition of mixed media paintings (oil paint, pencil, photocopy transfers, paper collage, wax) on various colours and types of silk. Images of Chinese herbs, acupuncture charts, clothing patter collage, botanical diagrams, botanical text will be featured. The paintings will be an exploration of the "Occidental" and "Oriental" relationship to the body, where identity and sense of self is located.
JJ Lee is a painter whose works of "exotic" fruit address issues of identity, gender and culture. The fruit, floating in an ambiguous space, speaks metaphorically about the diasporic identity that results from immigration, hybridization and second- and third- generations. Referencing botanical diagrams. Lee is interested in juxtaposing
different systems of classification.
JJ Lee was born and raised in Halifax, NS where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1992. She moved to Vancouver in 1994 to seek out an Asian-Canadian art community. During her time there, she one of the founders of "Lotusland", an Asian-Canadian artists, writers and performers
collective. She also was one of the key members of Vancouver Asian Heritage Month, 1997. After exhibiting in Vancouver and across Canada at several galleries such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Lee pursued her Master of Fine Arts from York University, Toronto (1999). Her thesis exhibition was entitled "Fruition".
She has been featured in ELLE Canada and in the Globe and Mail Visual Arts section in an article titled, "Pretty Young Things", about artists whose work reference notions of beauty. Lee has taught painting and drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design, University of Toronto (Scarborough), Art Gallery of Ontario and Georgian College. She is the recipient of several awards, such as from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She is the 2002 winner for Central Canada in the RBC Investments/Canadian Art Foundation's New Canadian Painting Competition.
She currently is represented by Angell Gallery in Toronto, where she lives and works.
This exhibit was produced with the assistance of the Asian Canadian Artist's Fund, sponsored by CBC and the North American Association of Asian Professionals (NAAAP), Toronto Chapter (www.acaf.tk) and the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance with SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective) as a Recommender.