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Elizabeth Lee

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Artist Statement

Hapa abstract artist, Elizabeth Yuenfong Lee, works primarily in painting and mixed media. Nature, and the California coast where she lives, are constant sources of inspiration. Water, boats, and other mystical elements from Chinese cosmology, minimalism, pop art, as well as themes of spirituality, identity and alienation all coalesce in her artwork in various forms. Abstract expressionism is the foundation for her process.

Elizabeth uses the energy of color to create a visceral experience for the viewer. Her approach can be considered shamanistic with the living work of the canvas. While her intent partially deifies the painting process, she also maintains a sense of humor and chronic playfulness, which fuels each piece with a wanton joy.