Lee Lee Chan 陳俐俐

"I was trained as a painter and have been oscillating between painting and sculpture since 2008. Though the relationship between the two media may not be immediately obvious my sculpture brings together the languages of architecture and the ready-made, while my painting takes an introspective approach. They share between them an exploration of physical space as well as a psychological state leading the viewer from the “outdoor” into the “indoor” space.

For instance, looking at my painting and sculpture evokes thoughts about light, both actual and implied, and the liminal; they elicit a sense of place, sometimes recalling landscapes, though more frequently alluding to otherworldly realms. I seek to reinforce the language of abstraction as fluid and undetermined in order to negotiate a space of both ideas and feelings. Everything is connected within my visual universe, which enables unexpected conjunctions to happen. 

The absence of figuration is deliberate but a distinct sense of human presence is inherent in my painting and sculpture. From layered paint surfaces to hand sculpted concrete, the hands-on process-based approach in my work reinvigorates sensory primacy that is lost in the daily dominance of the digital world. It also functions as a way for me to bring attention to the transitory details of everyday life and our relationship with the mundane and readymade. In so doing, I give form to formless emotions, fleeting memories and elusive moments." -- Lee Lee Chan


Lee Lee Chan was born in 1984 in Hong Kong. She received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and her BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. She currently lives and works in Hong Kong.

Her work was exhibited internationally including Neptune (Hong Kong), Artemis Project Space (York, UK), The Dorado Project (New Jersey, USA), Flux Factory (New York, USA), Parallel Art Space (New York, USA), Tompkins Projects (New York, USA), Horse Trader Gallery (New York, USA), The Three Season Gallery (Chicago, USA), Sol Koffler Gallery (Providence, USA). Her work was covered by Hardline Magazine, Bushwick Daily, Art F City, and The Providence Journal.