Lisa Chang Lee is an artist, curator and artistic director based in London and Beijing. She was offered an exam-free entry as one of the highest ranking students from the Fine Art School affiliated to Central Academy of Fine Art(CAFA), the most reputable art school in China, to pursue her study at the academy for her Bachelor Degree in fine art(2006-10) She received her Master Degree from the Royal College of Art in England with the highest score in the performance of her degree show in 2014. In 2018, she was endorsed by Arts Council England to receive an Exceptional Talent visa from the British Government.
She is a visiting lecturer at Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and the Royal College of Art in London; She is also a council member in the Royal Society of Painter-printmakers.
Lee has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in recent years including her solo project and performance Serenade of the Woods at the Rattles Collective London(UK); Solo Exhibition Indeterminate Loop at Gingko Space Beijing(China); Unstable Landscape, M100 Contemporary Art Centre(Chile);Her diverse practice was also featured in various events and exhibitions including the thematic exhibition Collective City in Seoul Biennale 2019(Korea); Aesthetica Art Prize 2018. York Art Gallery (2018); Ideals On The Move, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen, China(2017), etc. Lee is also one of the panel curators of International Printmaking Triennial at China Academy of Art(CAA). Past Exhibitions curated include: Repeat and Spiral, Renke Art Gallery, 2015; Five Trillion Times- Print Future Panel, Museum of CAA, 2018.
She is the winner of Contemporary Arts Trust Prize 2019; her video work Western Dream was recently awarded the Runner-up prize at the artist film section in Seoul Biennale 2019; She was nominated Awards of Art China (AAC) in 2018.
Lisa Chang Lee’s multi-medium practice involves moving images, sound, objects. Her work examines the rhizomatic relationship between the self and environment , present and history through the change of time, space and flow of information. By using time-based mediums in recent years, she is interested in creating a sort of parellel entity upon the existent as an invitation to rethink our everyday pattern. In her own words, “I’m always fascinated by the liminality between consciousness and unconsciousness, the way we interact with the external world, people and nature and the way it reflects on the realm of imaginary.” She utilizes various mediums from prints to computer programming, reconstructing abstract materials from the everydayness so to create seemingly familiar yet surrealistic encounters to the audiences.
"My practice has always based on a long term interest on oriental philosophy, Taoism in particular. I focus on the unique perspective and understanding on the relationship between our internal and the external world, the perception of time, how the world we are living in shapes us personally and collectively, along with the reflections of the present. However, in terms of individual pieces, most of them started from intuitions and then expanded with in-depth research, for intuitions and reflective thinking are coherently dominant in Chinese philosophy and art. What I’m trying to create and explore is a dynamic range of approaches that assemble various facades of my enquiries, rather than a lineal path that narrows the unlimited."