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Jody Lee
updated: 11/18/2011
website: www.jodyleestudio.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Unforgettable, then Drafty
Tomorrow's Cracker
A Send-off Through Bars
Protean
All of My Children, None of My Doctors
Arbiter
Stickler
No Title
Mouth Open, Mouth Closed - What Difference does it Make?
Down Under and At Large
Glottal Find
Mosh Rarebit
Yen for Fullness
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, dreams, erotic, anatomy, gender/sexuality, identity, figurative, humor, childhood
 
 
Unforgettable, then Drafty by Jody Lee
Unforgettable, then Drafty
Gouache, graphite on paper
2011
9" x  12" 
Tomorrow's Cracker by Jody Lee
Tomorrow's Cracker
Gouache on paper
2010
21" x  30" 
A Send-off Through Bars by Jody Lee
A Send-off Through Bars
Gouache, graphite on paper
2010
30" x  22" 
Protean by Jody Lee
Protean
gouache and ink on paper
2006
22" x  29" 
All of My Children, None of My Doctors by Jody Lee
All of My Children, None of My Doctors
gouache, ink on paper
2009
30 " x  22 " 
Arbiter by Jody Lee
Arbiter
gouache, ink, graphite on paper
2006
29" x  21" 
Stickler by Jody Lee
Stickler
gouache, oilbar, graphite on paper
2006
22" x  19" 
No Title by Jody Lee
No Title
gouache, oilbar, graphite on paper
2004
16" x  12" 
Mouth Open, Mouth Closed - What Difference does it Make? by Jody Lee
Mouth Open, Mouth Closed - What Difference does it Make?
Gouache on paper
2010
12" x  9" 
Down Under and At Large by Jody Lee
Down Under and At Large
Gouache on paper
2007
12" x  9" 
Glottal Find by Jody Lee
Glottal Find
gouache, watercolor on paper
2007
5" x  4" 
Mosh Rarebit by Jody Lee
Mosh Rarebit
gouache, graphite on paper
2007
12 " x  9 " 
Yen for Fullness by Jody Lee
Yen for Fullness
gouache, ink on paper
2004
14" x  14" 

Artist Statement

     This body of work in gouache and graphite on paper originally comes out of sculpture, which is the core of my practice.  The drawings range in size between 9” x 12” and 50” x 50”.   I use gouache as a means to work with color and form, which in turn becomes a language of figuration and abstraction.  Figuration can draw abstraction alongside like its wake.  Through them both I navigate the erotic nature of space through drawing.

      I push a sense of the figure deeply into abstraction, tying them together and pushing them apart.  As I do so, looking becomes a matter of culling out a form, and that form inspires physical empathy and curiosity.  I work with color and layers of white within a spectrum of veiling and opacity, erasure and solid volume.  There are aqueous shapes standing alone, butting against each other or drowned in white.  They are my way of projecting human presence.  I am interested in artifacts of the palpable but hard to define relationships between the body, the mind and space.

      I build space through and among the forms in my drawings as a way of charging the work with questions:  What is the ambivalent nature of physical and psychic presence?  How are we separate from what surrounds us, and how are we crucially enmeshed?  This is the subject I set in front of myself.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Bio and C.V.

Jody Lee is an artist and writer whose work is in sculpture, works on paper and photography.  She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and is included in the curated registries of The Drawing Center and White Columns.  Awards include a MacDowell Colony Residency and the Dozier Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art.  Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jody received a BA in German Literature from Reed College from 1985-89, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.  She received a post-baccalaureate BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle and she completed her MFA at Southern Methodist University.  Jody contributes exhibition reviews to ARTWRIT.com.  Her exhibition record can be viewed and downloaded at www.jodyleestudio.com