| DIY |

Christine Lee Talks Process and Material in ASU's Crafting a Continuum Visiting Artist Series

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Artist and designer Christine Lee will give a talk at the ASU Art Museum this Tuesday evening as a part of ASU's Crafting a Continuum Visiting Artist Series. Lee works with salvaged materials to create sculptural installations that have been displayed across the United States.

We caught up with her to talk about her art practice and to get a sneak peak of some of the things she'll be addressing tomorrow night at ASU Art Museum.

See Also: - Five Useful Apps for Visual Artists and Art Enthusiasts - Cupcake Liners: No Longer Just For Baking

Can you share a bit about the guiding ideas behind your artistic practice?

I tend to work with materials that are considered disregarded or mundane to explore their potential so that they can be reintroduced to society and reused. I treat these materials as precious and I am conscious of the waste that I generate while working with them. I also try to reduce the amount of toxins I am exposed to whether it be adhesives or finishes that I use.

How do you usually find the materials you work with?

I can find the materials locally at places where they have remnants, excess or scrap materials, or I can seek out companies where they generate large quantities of excess materials.

What's the process like when you are creating something? -- do you usually start with an idea and seek out materials for the execution? Or do you start with materials and think "how can I create something from this"?

Usually I am drawn to a material but may not know yet what I will do with it so I will experiment with it and observe how it can transform. Usually the configurations I create lead to ideas for how the material can be applied towards functional or sculptural works.

What is your artistic background like? How did you come to work with materials in the way that you do now?

During my undergraduate studies, I started as a science major for the first two years then switched to art and took different classes such as printmaking, graphic design etc.. However the area that really peaked my interested was furniture design and woodworking. Afterward I apprenticed for a furniture maker then I applied to study under Wendy Maruyama who is the head of the Furniture design and Woodworking program at San Diego State University. While at SDSU I worked on functional and sculptural pieces and I still continue to work back and forth between these areas.

Do you see your work as a direct statement about waste in our society or does the process come more from a personal desire to seek alternatives?

Our society's pattern of over-production and waste is clear. Its natural for me to consider the reuse of materials and I try to present positive alternatives to material use through my work and my practice rather than condemning messages.

If you'd like to hear more, Christine Lee's talk is open to the public at the ASU Art Museum this Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm.

Follow Jackalope Ranch on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.