JJ Lee

JJ Lee

JJ Lee’s (BFA, NSCAD ‘92, MFA, York University ‘99) mixed media paintings explore the intersection of Chinese and Canadian cultures by appropriating images from a variety of sources. She has exhibited extensively across Canada and has been featured in The Globe and Mail. Lee is the recipient of several awards (e.g. Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, RBC New Canadian Painting Competition, Asian Canadian Artists Fund for Visual Arts). She is included in the Magenta Foundation’s “Carte Blanche: Painting, a survey of contemporary Canadian painters”. Lee is an Assistant Professor, Contemporary Issues of Representation in the Faculty of Art, OCAD University.

JJ Lee & Mei Lee Ogden - Shipping Labels

Shipping Labels

JJ Lee and Mei Lee Ogden
Shipping Labels, 2017
Mixed media (graphite, watercolor, charcoal, collage, shipping tags)
48" x 84"

Shipping Labels references the tags attached to transcontinental luggage and parcels of peoples’ personal belongings sent to other places, as well as the metaphorical categorization of people. In reality, labels do not capture the complexity and diversity of being we all experience. Through this installation Lee hopes to re-create this tension between the bureaucratic structure of labeling and the unsystematic reality of human individuality.

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