Lisa Chang Lee was born and raised in Beijing, China in an art academicians' family where her father is a Chinese ink painter and art theorist, her mother is an animation and film director. Grown up with the most freedom given by her parents, she developed herself a strong interest in Chinese philosophy in art forms from early age. Thereafter she expanded her resarch and practice focused on Eastern philosophy in modern context of globalizaiton during her MA at the Royal College of Art in London and continued eversince.
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."