It’s Not Just Black and White

Mayfair Gallery Darwin



Wild duck in a whirlwind                               Thunder, lightning and rain                                     Bat on a branch

Drypoint                                                             Drypoint and chine colle                                         Drypoint

20cmx25cm                                                        20cmx25cm                                                                    20cmx25cm


For Lee, language plays an important role in the construction of cultural identity. Through her art work, Lee investigates multiple identity constructions of Australians with Chinese heritage, in particular, those born in Australia. Cultural and environmental influences are important influencing factors in her studio practice.

This series of drypoint prints was influenced by a journey to Yunnan province in China. In particular, walls in the village of Shuhe near Lijiang displayed brightly coloured pictographs of the Dongba language.   The Dongba language is the only living pictograph language still in use. “’Dongba’ means ‘smart man’ who’s capable of singing, dancing, scripture, writing, history, painting and medication”.[1] The hieroglyphs chosen for these works resonate with the local Territory lifestyle.

Lee continually explores new variations to traditional printmaking methods. Her fascination with silk paper-making has been incorporated into some of these drypoints. As each silk paper piece is individually constructed to give a free-form edge rather than a cut edge, each piece is unique.

[1] United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (2013). The Hieroglyph Alive, Lijiang.