Kerry Ann Lee

Kerry Ann Lee's art explores cultural intersections occurring in the space between private moments and public locations. With a background in graphic arts, she creates work that is both expressive and socially engaged by playfully investigating issues of identity and hybrid cultural formations through hand-made processes.

Kerry Ann Lee's art practice has explored issues and understandings around Cantonese Chinese urban settlement in the Asia Pacific region during the 19th Century, in particular Chinatowns. As an artist of third-generation Chinese decent, Lee's work meditates on themes of home, difference and hybridity.

In 2007, Lee was the recipient of the Asia New Zealand Emerging Researcher Award, and in 2008, she created Home Made, a lavishly illustrated artist book that celebrated an alternative cultural history of Chinese settlement in New Zealand, through cut-paper, paint, found text and images. The project evolved into a national touring art exhibition and seminar series.

In June 2009 Lee received a Fulbright Award to attend the Summer Residency Program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City, and in September 2009, she was an artist-in-residence at island6 Art Centre Shanghai through the WARE (Wellington Asia Residency Exchange) Program. Kerry Ann Lee returned for a solo exhibition, AM Park at AM Art Space Gallery, responding to Shanghai's 'future city' aspirations during the 2010 World Expo.

In October 2010, Lee was an artist-in-residence at Visible City, a large-scale collaborative live art project and keynote event hosted by the City of Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Lee has been involved with a variety of arts communities through public mural commissions, exhibitions, seminars, workshops and art education programmes. Her enthusiasm for independent live music and involvement in the punk music scene since 1997 led her to co-curate an exhibition with photographic artist John Lake in 2002, called Up The Punks! 20 Years of Wellington Punk History.

Lee is also known for her work with self-published fanzines with titles such as Help, My Snowman's Burning, Celebretard and Permanent Vacation enjoying international exposure and readership over the past 15 years.

Permanent Vacation is an independent arts-based zine publication created by Kerry Ann Lee. It is imaginative by nature and collaborative in spirit. Permanent Vacation presents new work by a network of artist, writers, makers and thinkers responding to a given theme (Issue 2: Simulacra) and results range from the serious, to the surreal to the sublime. The magazine is currently produced in a limited edition run (400 copies) and distributed far and wide. Since 2010, it has been represented at international zine, artist book fairs and exhibitions around the world, including exhibitions in Sydney, Kiev, and at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2013.

Da Shi Jie/ The Great World: Shanghai Works 2009-2010 [大世界:2009-2010 创作于上海] was Lee's second solo show held at Toi Pōneke Gallery in Wellington and was a major survey of works created in Shanghai exhibited to New Zealand audiences. She has also had work featured in Crystal City at The Dowse Museum and Free Form at Bartley + Company Art in 2011. From April-July 2012, Lee was the inaugural Asia New Zealand artist-in-residence at the Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan.

Kerry Ann Lee currently lives in Dunedin, working as a senior lecturer and researcher at Otago Polytechnic School of Design. Lee's artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe, US and China.

 

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