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