Jacqueline Rush Lee is a Hawaii-based sculptor recognized for her work with the book form. As an artist she is drawn to objects and spaces that record physical processes, histories, or bear the imperfections and scars of life. Intuitively chosen, the transformation of these objects or spaces suggest layered metaphors of knowledge and corporeality as an embodiment of the transitory nature of the body, thoughts, memories, or one’s life experiences. Each body of artwork is an observational and visual representation of events, philosophies and transformations that shape her life. Guided by materials that consciously and unconsciously trigger thoughts and emotions, these recurring or transient themes manifest themselves in art works that express ideas in veiled layers of meaning.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Jacqueline has participated in numerous exhibitions in Hawaii and abroad. Her artwork has been featured in books, magazines, and publications that include: Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books, PaperCraft: Design and Art with Paper, Art Made from Books and Sculpture Magazine; with mentions of her work in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Courrier International. Select shows include: Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery, Boundless:The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art (Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum), The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book (Bellevue Arts Museum), Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge (Whatcom Museum), Metamorphosis: The Art of Altered Books (Fuller Craft Museum), and NextNewPaper at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Her work is in private and public collections that include the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the Allan Chasanoff Book Art Collection, Yale Art Gallery. Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in Ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Hawaii at Manoa 2000. She was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii in the Fall of 2016, a Winter resident artist at Penland School of Crafts, 2017, and Artist-in-Residence and Fellow at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts for a month this Spring. She will have a solo exhibition of her work in 2018 at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Essay Excerpt The Contemporary Museum Biennial of Hawaii Artists Exhibition, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu
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