It’s in the paper
Remember those kids in your grade 2 class who really, really appreciated plasticine, or finger painting, or oh, I don’t know…making paper cutouts? And thinking back you wonder if (and secretly hope) they just kept on going, never looking back, having already discovered their true calling resonating unswayingly within their pure and innocent hearts?
I say here that I am one of these people, who discovered at my first breath a sacred calling for hyperbole. But let none question my earnestness when I say that Bovey Lee takes that uncanny preschool aptitude for craft and infuses it with four thousand years of Chinese tradition. She has definitely earned her double checkmark, for the kindergarten teachers among you keeping score.
But seriously, the accomplishments of the Hong Kong-born, US-based Lee deserve to treated with the utmost big-kid respect, for her mission as she states it is the appreciation, preservation, and advancement of what is an ancient and endangered Chinese art form. While the content has been contemporized, Lee finds a dizzying intertextual expression as well as an immense spiritual gratification between sheets of rice paper and the tip of her X-acto knife, honed through the study of the culture and art of three continents. Her intricate chiaroscuros aim to illuminate the realms of politics, gender, current affairs and personal narratives through imagery rich with poetry, allegory, and whimsy.
For your fair dose of amazement, check out Lee’s site and see what new dazzling designs the artist has in store. Afterwards, take an afternoon in this yet-carefree spring to indulge in that passionate pursuit which the childlike genius in you embraced long ago.
Via Scene 360 Illusion.