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The mourning becomes the acceptance of something bigger than the sorrow

The Strange Planet in Your Eyes 2019, Claire Lee, artist-made plaster and clay objects, Giclée print on Hahnemühle German Etching, 419 x 295 mm, edition of 5 + 1 AP

The Strange Planet in Your Eyes
2019, Claire Lee, artist-made plaster and clay objects, Giclée print on Hahnemühle German Etching, 419 x 295 mm, edition of 5 + 1 AP

This work is about mourning that is filled with a strange sense of humility and openness. The silhouette of my cat’s head is the simplest form drawn from abundant details of human emotions. I imagined through her deep eyes on the other end is a beautiful landscape of solitude. It displayed a thoughtful piece of comfort. The mourning becomes the acceptance of something bigger than the sorrow but not without it.

相片作品是關於哀悼,它充滿一種奇異的謙卑和開放感。貓頭的輪廓那簡單的缐條呈現了人類情感的豐富細節。我想像,我貓那雙深深的眼睛的另一端是一個美麗的孤獨景觀。它表現出一種靈氣充滿的舒適感。哀悼成為比悲傷更有力的東西,接受傷痛而擴張它成為更闊的視野。


Being Alone Together 一起孤單

Objects . Drawings . Photography . Poetry
June 6 - July 1

Opening June 6, 2019 / 5 - 8pm 
1/f. 10 Shin Hing St. Central. HK (Yoga BamBam) 香港中環善慶街10號1樓

POEMS ON SOLITUDE FROM 3 CITIES (London, New York, Stockholm) - Order now!

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The Cuts

Claire Lee

 

Tears without feelings

A wisdom without knowledge

He lies down with a mindful presence

watching trees covered in scars

The cuts that are made by us.

 

Look at his life

How high

                 he leaped from here to there

and wandered through hearts from there

to here. He

jumped into the light through curtains

With debts to loneliness,

                he sold his soul to freedom.

 

He thought he found the One

It looked promising from a distance

But everything that he longed for

had space for only one person

 

Then he fled from one soul to another

Anger put hands palm down to push the land

He was amazed to see the ants

                           still hanging on to the end.

 

Fresh morning water and draping willow

The kind of love that he used to know

Don’t pull him out from the dark

Some birds never leave the nest

but feathers landed on his head

He touched and felt

the gentleness in the moment

Deep peace and grace are found in the toughest place

He put his arms around the tree

His heart was laid to rest.

 

We are alone together

Things that don’t move at all,

they interact with each other

The ointment tingles the wound

It hurts

                     because pain matters

therefore, we can touch each other

and that's all that matters.

  

Written in United Kingdom, 2019

BEING ALONE TOGETHER
POEMS ON SOLITUDE FROM 3 CITIES
By Claire Lee
London, New York, Stockholm
2018 -2019

My new poetry collection in English are written during my time spent in London, New York and Stockholm between 2018 - 19.

It will be launched at my upcoming exhibition under the same title, in Hong Kong, on June 6 and selling during exhibition period till July 1. I am accepting pre-order now. It is in First Limited Edition. Print, sign, seal and deliver to wherever you are.

A4 size, loose sheets no binding, printed on Japanese-made paper.
Price to be HKD 200. Pick up at the exhibition. I can also deliver to International with postage applied. 
It is printed on demand. Please contact me to pre order and ask for payment details.

Your support will contribute to help with the self funded exhibition.

Thank you very much! :-)

Claire

Immersing oneself in the material - Writing on art collection Being Alone Together 沉浸在物料中 : 關於藝術系列一起孤單

Alone We Break, but a Mountain We Make,   Claire Lee,     Artist-made clay object Giclee print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 417 x 594 mm, edition of 5 + 1 AP

Alone We Break, but a Mountain We Make, Claire Lee, Artist-made clay object Giclee print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 417 x 594 mm, edition of 5 + 1 AP

The Trivial Matters,   Claire Lee,     Ink and charcoal on acid free paper, slate rock, wood, 24 x 30 x 3 inch

The Trivial Matters, Claire Lee, Ink and charcoal on acid free paper, slate rock, wood, 24 x 30 x 3 inch

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IMMERSING ONESELF IN THE MATERIAL

On art collection Being Alone Together

Claire Lee, 2019

In time alone, there are moments I perceive a strong connection, soul recognition and resonance to nature and other human beings. I recognise the feeling of being present in the moment and able to grasp what I did not notice before.

A clear day of quietness without any great ceremony. Sunlight softly falling through a linen curtain. I started to immerse my visions into details. Edges of wood beams, weaving lines on fabrics and fleeting shadows on the wall, all integrated into one until it lost sense of the space itself. I explored the inner depths of being alone and seeing things in an original way.

Through this series of mixed media artworks, I express the way being alone is for me. Solitude, which is different from loneliness, emerged as a strikingly visual entity as an aesthetic emotion. In my drawings and photos, I explored with charcoal and ink, clay and plaster, along with poetry to create a ‘spiritual landscape’ expressing a state of mind finding a harmonious place elevated from discordant reality and peacefully embracing one’s solitude in cognitive empathy.

Lifting elements, the qualities of one’s mind. Take a piece of charcoal pressing hard as if to destruct, revolt and to consolidate. Letting it grows, dissolves, gathers, adsorbing and taking the material further into the black ink. The movement goes deeper, further into depth until it is through my mind and out of the reality.

Conversations with an object

Let object, the form to remind me of things rather than its real association. Allow images to well up around it. Things have a life of their own. Let the object reveals itself. I attend to fleeting thoughts at the edge of my consciousness. A place for myself in relations to the object. I look at it, hold it, play with it. Feel the textures on a piece of clay it comforts me as if there are no boundaries. The connection between me and the object stays on a beautiful sense of understanding. The movement of thoughts and the clarity, to me, is a form of freedom.

As I begin to assemble objects, forms, layers, textures and so on with clay and plaster, I am already discovering something about dimensions and qualities of my heart in this world. My thoughts act upon the imagination in solitude and landscape manifested upon by it. A constant dialogue is taking place.

I spend time silently without searching, without an idea, let lines and forms draw attention to themselves. Heaps of thoughts driven by unspoken emotions all dwell in the landscapes in my drawings or the objects I made. Small details come together majestically, lively. Similarly, and contrast, the spiritual scene transforming like a piece of clay, press, smear, smudge. In the constant movements of manipulation, my thoughts are delicate moments from my childhood, memories of my cat, nature, loneliness and human connections. I observe, follow, open up, my eyes and chest receive a profound calmness. Balance occupies the space with vast emptiness of all smallest movements of lines and shapes. I allow the flaws, the conflicts and uncomfortable occurs to the process of the art making, in the same time I hear the inner story tells itself clearly to me.

The objects I created relate the forms to the scale and weight of the landscape/my body and mind. Fragile things are surprisingly heavy. Split things that are soft and rigid things that are smooth. In my photographs on the objects, forms are at different scales, perspectives distorted, large becomes small and small turns to colossal. New angles, new energy arises while widened “landscape” wants to embrace the pain and the chaos. It is “the shared solitude” of people on both sides of an artwork. The almost stage-like installation draws attention to surfaces, as if to suggest that even apparently superficial encounters, like those between the artist and viewers, can have their own depth in cognitive empathy.

沉浸在物料中 - 關於藝術系列一起孤單

李美蓮, 2019

有些時候,當我獨處時會感受到與他人強烈的感應聯繫,意會對大自然與人事物的感悟知乎。我認識到當下存在的感覺並貼近我以前沒有注意到的東西。

一個安靜的下午。陽光輕輕地落在麻布窗簾上。我開始沉浸在細節之中。木樑的邊緣,織物上的編織線和牆上的短暫陰影,相互融為一體,直到失去了對空間的知覺。我探索獨處的內心深處,學習以原始的方式看待事物。

通過這一系列的混合媒體藝術作品,表達了對我而言獨處的視覺體驗。孤獨呈現出一個引人注目的精神視覺實體,能帶有一種審美情感。在我的繪畫和照片中,我用木炭和墨水,粘土和石膏,和詩進行了探索,創造了一種“精神的景觀"。表達精神從衝突的現實中昇華到一個和諧的地方,並在一起孤單的同理心中平靜地擁抱孤獨。

在物料中提起心靈的元素和品質。拿一塊木炭壓緊,好像要毀滅,反抗和鞏固。讓它溶解,收集,吸附並進一步融合黑色墨水中。動作越來越深入,直到它通過我的思想並走出現實之外。

與物體的對話

讓物體,形狀引發無限聯想而不局限於它表面的意思。讓圖像在它周圍發芽。事物有自己的生命,就讓物件去顯露自己。我注意到意識邊緣的瞬間思想,建立自己與物體之間的關係。我看著它,握住它,把玩它。感受一塊粘土上的紋理能讓我感到舒服,精神悠遊於無邊界。我和物體之間的聯繫保持著美好的相互理解。對我而言,這個交流和其清晰度是一種自由的狀態。

當我開始用粘土和石膏組裝物體,形狀,層次,紋理等時,我同時發現了一些關於我心跟這個世界的相互位置和量度。我的思想在它所表現出來的孤獨風景中充滿了想像力。我持續跟精神上的影像對話。

我默默地花時間,沒有搜索,沒有想法,讓線條和形狀自然引起我的注意。由不言而喻的情緒驅動的大量思緒都凝聚在繪畫上或我製作的物體的景觀中。小細節巍峨,生動。同樣地,相比之下,精神場景就像一塊粘土,力壓,塗抹,變形。在不斷的操控過程中,我的思緒往返童年的微妙時刻,對我的貓的記憶,大自然,孤獨和各種人際關係等。我觀察,跟隨,打開,我的眼睛和胸懷漸漸得到深刻的平靜。平衡佔據了空間,線條和形狀的微小躍動引發巨大的空虛感。我容許在製作的過程中出現缺陷,衝突和不舒服的感覺,同時我聽到內心清楚地告訴我生活的故事。

我創造的物件將形式與景觀/我的身體和心靈的規模和重量聯繫起來。脆弱的東西往往驚訝地沉重。我拍下的照片跟物體形狀處於不同的比例,透視扭曲,大變小和小變成巨大。新的角度,新的能量漸漸出現,而宏大的“景觀”想要擁抱內在的痛苦和混亂。作品幾乎像舞台一樣的裝置帶出觀者的存在參與,彷彿暗示即使是在藝術作品上的萍水相逢,藝術家和觀眾之間也可以在認知同理中有自己的深度。呈現藝術家和觀者的 “共同孤獨”。

 

Being Alone Together 一起孤單

Claire LEE

Exhibition 2019, June 6 - July 1

Opening Reception 5 - 8 pm June 6 

1/F, 10 Shin Hing St, Central Hong Kong (Inside Yoga BamBam)

Exhibition opens Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 7 pm Sunday & PH 12 – 4 pm

Other hours by appointment only. Free admission for the public

一起孤單
李美蓮
2019年6月6日至7月1日

開幕夜* 2019年6月6日 週四 下午5時至晚上8時
香港中環善慶街10號1樓 ( Yoga BamBam 內 )

展覽開放時間 週三至週六 下午12至7時 週日及公眾假期下午12至4時
其他時間僅限預約。免費入場

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A Greater Whole I,     Claire Lee,   Charcoal on acid free paper, 297 x 420 mm, 420 x 297 mm, 420 x 297 mm

A Greater Whole I, Claire Lee, Charcoal on acid free paper, 297 x 420 mm, 420 x 297 mm, 420 x 297 mm

A Bleeding Rock,     Claire Lee,   Two rocks, bandage, red ink, 90 x 90 x 50 mm

A Bleeding Rock, Claire Lee, Two rocks, bandage, red ink, 90 x 90 x 50 mm

To the ones who dare to be there for others

The bandaged rock is not the one that bleeds.

Injury does not belong only to the one who hold the wound. Salute to the ones who dare to bear and be there to share other’s suffering.

"Being Alone Together" exhibition opens on June 6, 5-8pm in Central in Hong Kong.

Sign up on the facebook event page:
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A Bleeding Rock, 2019 Claire Lee Two rocks, bandage, red ink, 90 x 90 x 50 mm

A Bleeding Rock, 2019
Claire Lee
Two rocks, bandage, red ink, 90 x 90 x 50 mm