Art in the Home Confirmed Artist - Deborah Lee
We love it when an artist is able to explain their work with as much eloquence as Deborah Lee. “For inspiration I conjure up memories from my childhood playing amongst dilapidated Mancunian mansions, the majority of which had been built by wealthy factory owners and businessmen but had been re-appropriated as orphanages, retirement homes or by the army. With their once-grand Italianate staircases, elaborate plaster work, marble floors and smashed chandeliers they were both exciting and scary places.”
From these narrative beginnings, Lee’s paintings become more abstract as she develops them; incorporating motifs of grandeur — an exotic bird from a scrap of hand-painted wallpaper, the corner of a gilded frame — and words from her own poetry so that the finished product is deliciously ambiguous. “It’s about the complex nature of our relationships to each other and the spaces we inhabit,” says Lee of the faint suggestions of figures that lurk beneath the layers of paint. “Every building has a history and its interiors reflect a hidden past.”
Take the opportunity to view Deborah’s work as part of our Art in the Home Exhibition from the 1st - 10th November 2019.
Follow Deborah on Instagram: @deborahlee2
See more of Deborah’s work at: debleeart.wordpress.com