Christine Lee: Interlocked

August 3, 2012 - July 21, 2013

Linking her aesthetic and creative sensibilities with a desire to explore ways in which human beings understand and utilize our environment, artist Christine Lee creates installations that both delight and encourage contemplation. With a background in woodworking and furniture design, Lee manipulates and configures a variety of surplus items, such as recycled or salvaged wood, phone books, and fire hoses, to create her work. Through a process of building, rearranging, and deconstructing, she embarks on an investigation of materials that ultimately suggests a new way to understand everyday objects. As the artist states: “I view the original purpose of any material as merely a suggestion or starting point for a multitude of possibilities…repetitive tasks such as coiling, folding, interlacing, and stacking allow me to develop an understanding and appreciation for a material beyond its common associations and intended function.

While the rhythmic process of creating her work engages the artist in a personal and meditative journey, Lee also understands the potential value for those who are viewing or interacting with the installation. Her involvement with materials and her emphasis on bringing attention to overproduction, consumption, and waste can stimulate further thought about how and why conversations regarding sustainability are important.

Exhibition Gallery Guide
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Racine Journal Times, August 9, 2012: Reuse Muse


Christine Lee is a West Coast/Midwest-based artist, designer, and educator who received her BSA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and an MFA in furniture design and woodworking from San Diego State University. Lee has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, Aspen Art Museum, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. She has been a resident artist at several institutions, including Purchase College (SUNY), Recology (formally known as SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc.), the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison art department’s wood program. Lee has recently worked on research with composites engineer John Hunt at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory.

Christine Lee
Study for RAM Windows Installation, detail
Salvaged wood and sawdust

This exhibition is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, and Runzheimer Foundation.