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Portrait of Professor Mareike Lee

Visual Artist

Visual artist Mareike Lee's work encompasses installation, drawing, kinetic sculpture, printmaking, and artist books.

She studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the University of Toronto, and at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, on a Joseph Beuys scholarship. In 2008-2009, she attended Goldrausch Künstlerinnen Art IT, a year-long postgraduate seminar program designed to launch artists into successful professional careers. Her pieces include large-scale, site-specific installations comprised of drawings, objects, projections, and sound.

Lee manifests an understanding of social nuances, gestures, and thoughts in a distilled and abstract visual manner. She explores giving expression and paying homage to concentrations of ambiguities, changing points of view, and multiple layers of tenuous perceptions. Found and made materials and old and new meanings mix together in ever-changing contexts to provoke further associations and reflection. Her interest in how broader ideas can be communicated both poetically and experientially through particular combinations of artworks in specific contexts led her to explore curatorial projects as well. Together with composer Marc Sabat, she conceived the series 'Zwielicht' (Twilight) at A Trans Pavilion and Farbfernseher beginning in 2008, which placed live experimental music within artworks. Lee continued to direct exhibitions at Parkhaus Projects Berlin until 2012.