Tactile Repeat: New Works by Casey Neumann, Jacqueline Rush Lee and Madeleine Soder
The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center (Brochure). Curated by Inger Tully
July 2-October 15, 2010
Jacqueline Rush Lee is drawn to objects that record physical processes or bear the imperfections and scars of life. For over a decade she has been drawn to the intimate, tactile, and symbolic qualities of used books. Interested in how these recycled books come with their own histories of use and meaning and how they serve as potent vehicles of expression, she transforms them the books into sculptures which explore and redefine the book as familiar object, medium, and archetypal form. By scrambling the formal arrangement of the book and transposing its material and conceptual qualities, her aim is to create evocative art forms that suggest an alternative narrative. By extending the practice of hand-stitched book binding into other realms of the book, Lee highlights the functional and aesthetic purposes of stitching: creating “open-ended” sculptures which close off written content to create an experiential reading of a structure made from books. Lee presents the books with the fore edges as a focus with inks, creating structures which one can see into and through, challenging the traditional conceptual significance of the book itself.
Jacqueline Rush Lee was born in Castlereagh, County Down, Northern Ireland and moved to Hawaii in 1993. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2000 from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Lee was a TCM Biennial artist in 2005. Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and she was a featured artist at the New York Center for Book Arts in January 2009. She has been a featured artist in the following publications: Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper; Playing With Books: UpCycling, Deconstructing and Reimagining the Book: and Fiber Arts Magazine: Contemporary Textile and Craft