"I am invested in the hand-drawn line for its conveyance of individualism, imperfection, and frailty. These ink-on-vellum drawings feature isolated, specimen-like forms made from accumulated clusters of lines. Inspired by organic structures and natural patterns that evidence growth and change, my process consists of intuitive, controlled doodling. The resulting masses of lines evoke organic forms (like hair, muscles, and fungi), natural systems such as waves and wind currents, geological strata, and topographical maps. I develop each image until I feel it has curiosity and tension, when the forms suggest but do not declare their identities or purpose."
Deanna Lee was born in Carmel, New York, to Chinese parents, and she was raised in suburban Boston. She received degrees from Oberlin College and the Art Institute of Chicago. She makes paintings, drawings, site-specific installations, and public art works. She has received a Pollock-Krasner grant, a National Academy Abbey Fellowship, a BRIC Media Fellowship, and an Asia Society travel grant. Deanna has been an artist-in-residence at the Saltonstall Foundation and the Millay Colony.