25.10 – 25.11 2023
Grace Lee:Fitting Room
25.10 – 25.11.2023
Huxley-Parlour are pleased to present Fitting Room, the first solo exhibition by London-based artist Grace Lee. The title of the exhibition refers to the themes Lee explores including disguise, the construction or concealment of identity, truth and ‘fitting in.’ The exhibition is testament to Lee’s singular exploration of narrative, fantasy and how we utilise both to navigate contemporary existence.
The mediated image, the object seen second-hand, is key to Lee’s approach to image making. Lee’s imagery is gleaned from current image economies, or what the artist terms ‘orphaned’ images. Infographics, shutterstock pictures and google image archives coalesce in Lee’s work to create irreverent and enigmatic paintings. For this exhibition, Lee’s subject matter is seemingly disparate – board games, cult TV, clipart, constellations – and yet, together the works explore central themes of misunderstandings, parody and the manipulation of the truth.
The works in Lee’s exhibition reveal the potentially antagonistic relationship between reality and fiction, and how the two overlap. This ambiguity speaks to our uneasy relationship with the truth and how society’s increasing reliance on spectacle and myth-making has led to an inability to discern veracity.
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In an immediate, bold and graphic style, Grace Lee invites their audience to look twice. Using repeated motifs of various instruments, portraits, and animals, Lee’s paintings recreate scenes seemingly pulled from a comic book or medieval manuscript. Taking inspiration from the British Museum’s collection, Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige, and the New Testament, Lee’s intricately detailed works continue to reveal new secrets.
Lee, born 1995, received their BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, London and their MA in Fine Art from the Slade, London. They have exhibited at Mall Galleries, London; Albert House, London; and Piazza Martiri della Libertà, Chiari. They were awarded the Barto Dos Santos Memorial Award in 2021, as well as the NOA15 East of England Award and shortlisted for The Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers Award in 2015.
Lee lives and works in London.