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.