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
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
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
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
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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