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Kate Tessa Lee
updated: 05/12/2012
website: www.katetessalee.org
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The Biography; An Ode to Travels
6 Fugues for Solo Xylophone - The Artist Prisoner
6 Fugues for Solo Xylophone; Prague My Sweet Prison Praha
A Voice is a Void is a Voice - The Artist Vocal-Exorcist
A Voice is a Void is a Voice - Process
A Voice is a Void is a Voice
A Voice is a Void is a Voice
Voice In-cast - The Artist Voiceless
Voice Ex-cast - The Artist Voiceless
Voice Ex-cast -The Artist Voiceless
Voice Appendages - The Artist Shaman
Voice Appendages
Car Crash-scape; Crash at Blue Diamond 60 West Hinson, Las Vegas, NE
Finding Las Vegas or Mapping the Quintessential of an American Experience
Finding Las Vegas - Process
 
Portfolio Keywords:  meditative, autobiographical, conceptual, gestural, narrative, process, fantasy, systems, spiritual
 
 
The Biography; An Ode to Travels  by Kate Tessa Lee
The Biography; An Ode to Travels
Pen drawing on vellum paper
2008
25.2 " x  9.1 " 
6 Fugues for Solo Xylophone - The Artist Prisoner by Kate Tessa Lee
6 Fugues for Solo Xylophone - The Artist Prisoner
Music composition collage, digital print
2008
11 " x  8.3 " 
6 Fugues for Solo Xylophone; Prague My Sweet Prison Praha by Kate Tessa Lee
6 Fugues for Solo Xylophone; Prague My Sweet Prison Praha
Performance and video; video stills; duration 3:14 min
2008
Dimensions variable
A Voice is a Void is a Voice - The Artist Vocal-Exorcist by Kate Tessa Lee
A Voice is a Void is a Voice - The Artist Vocal-Exorcist
Performance and video; video stills; duration 4 min
2011
Dimensions variable
A Voice is a Void is a Voice - Process by Kate Tessa Lee
A Voice is a Void is a Voice - Process
Process collage and drawing installation
2011
Dimensions variable
A Voice is a Void is a Voice by Kate Tessa Lee
A Voice is a Void is a Voice
Performance and video; video stills; duration 4 min
2011
Dimensions variable
A Voice is a Void is a Voice by Kate Tessa Lee
A Voice is a Void is a Voice
Performance and video; video stills; duration 4 min
2011
Dimensions variable
Voice In-cast - The Artist Voiceless by Kate Tessa Lee
Voice In-cast - The Artist Voiceless
Collage and photo etching
2012
11" x  8.3" 
Voice Ex-cast - The Artist Voiceless by Kate Tessa Lee
Voice Ex-cast - The Artist Voiceless
Performance, blown glass voice-sculpture and photo etching
2012
11 " x  8.3 " 
Voice Ex-cast -The Artist Voiceless by Kate Tessa Lee
Voice Ex-cast -The Artist Voiceless
Blown glass voice-sculpture, interior detail
2012
1.6 " x  3.9 "  x 2 " 
Voice Appendages - The Artist Shaman by Kate Tessa Lee
Voice Appendages - The Artist Shaman
Glass, performance and short film; short film stills; duration: 16:51 min
2012
Dimensions variable
Voice Appendages by Kate Tessa Lee
Voice Appendages
Performance and short film; short film stills; duration 16:51 min
2012
Dimensions variable
Car Crash-scape; Crash at Blue Diamond 60 West Hinson, Las Vegas, NE by Kate Tessa Lee
Car Crash-scape; Crash at Blue Diamond 60 West Hinson, Las Vegas, NE
Photo negative print on glass
2009
13 " x  18 " 
Finding Las Vegas or Mapping the Quintessential of an American Experience by Kate Tessa Lee
Finding Las Vegas or Mapping the Quintessential of an American Experience
Etched print
2009
13" x  18" 
Finding Las Vegas - Process by Kate Tessa Lee
Finding Las Vegas - Process
Process collage and drawing installation
2009
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

I am an artist traveler and an itinerant storyteller. Born in the island country of Mauritius, of Chinese and Creole ancestry, my art-making is a form of meditation that enables me to, astutely, penetrate, study and translate life matter – life rituals, situations, events, oddities, hazards, encounters, travels – through the filters of the enigmatic, the imaginary and the allegoric. I am interested, particularly, in capturing and working on those “unveiled” moments when everyday mundane mirrors pure occult, and manifests forms of miracles. In that process, I blend biography with imagined reality; transform travel events into intriguing tales; connect personal introspection with universal cosmology; and flirt with happenstance to conceive collaborations.

My artistic practice defies simplistic categorization. It is conceptual yet intuitive. It is multi-disciplinary and synthesizes drawing, short story writing, performance, video, sound and installation. In that kind of creative hybridism, I merge the discipline of a mystic, the curiosity of an explorer and the inventiveness of a fictional writer, to find a bold, intrinsic manner to translate the mysterious, sublime marrow of life.

Artist Bio / CV

Kate Tessa Lee is an artist traveler and itinerant storyteller. With a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, she has also studied glass design, historic painting techniques for cinema/theater sets, and traveled broadly, apprenticed with a shaman, interned with an itinerant magician, graphed a sound topography of the foot steps made by glassblower as he worked, and composed music inspired by the rhythmic structures of her walking compared to that of an ant.

Based in Prague, Czech Republic for the past five years, she has been awarded numerous art prizes such as the UNESCO/Aschberg Bursary for Artists; the Professor William Carey Poland and Clara Hackness Poland Memorial Grant, RISD, R.I, USA; and the Cambridge School Certificate National Visual Arts Award, Mauritius.

She has participated to prestigious artist residencies including the National Art Studio, Changdong, International-Artist-in-Residence in Seoul, South Korea; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Artist-in-Residence in Omaha, Nebraska, USA; the Appelboom Artist-in-Residence in Limousin, France; the AS220 Artist-in-Residence in Providence, Rhode Island; the Chantier Public Artist-in-Residence in Lyon, France; and Frans Masereel Centrum Artist-in-Residence in Kasterlee, Belgium.

Her installations, performances, drawings and writings have been shown at venues throughout the United States and Europe, some of which are: the National Art Studio, Goyang, in Seoul, South Kore; the Nunnery Gallery in London; the Jelení Gallery in Prague; Atelier Vrije Grafiek and Frans Masereel Centrum in Ghent, Belgium; the FUELCollection in Philadelphia, PA; and Strip/S Gallery and Grafisch Atelier Daglitch in Eindhoven, Holland.

Her videos and short films have been presented at various festivals such AR Festival in Seoul, South Korea; Les Instants Videos, International Videoart Festival in Marseille, France; (BOX) Video Project Space, Visualcontainer in Milan, Italy; Festival de Video Performance, Polyforme in Marseille; and Clermont Ferrand Short Film Market in Clermont Ferrand, France.