Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of Things

18th Apr 2018 - 11th May 2018

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The first UK solo exhibition of American photographer, Jocelyn Lee, will open at Huxley Parlour Gallery in April. The exhibition will showcase a selection of Lee’s portraits, landscapes and still lifes, including works from her latest series The Appearance of Things.

Lee’s work is driven by existential themes of sexuality, family, death and ageing. Throughout her career, she has utilised portraiture of the female form as a tool to explore the tactile qualities of the living world. Her richly descriptive colour works emphasise the tonal and textural richness of foliage, fabrics and flesh.

New works on display from the series The Appearance of Things, (2016 – ongoing), continue Lee’s ongoing examination of the physical world. Encompassing and fusing still life, portrait and landscape genres, the works depict bodies enmeshed in an ephemeral environment. The female forms are submerged in water or dappled in sunlight, counterpointed with contemporary memento mori of vivid and painterly still lifes of rotting flowers and glistening fruit. Collectively, the works offer a melancholy yet unsentimental reflection on life’s transitions through stages of birth, blossoming and death.

Lee’s photographs seek to question and expand on the traditional definitions of female beauty her portraits steer clear of the conventional and idealised. Women, both old and young, are posed in the natural landscape, creating raw and honest portraits, rich in implied narrative.

‘I want to expand the notion of the beautiful to include the more vulnerable stages of life, including adolescence, pregnancy, middle age, old age and illness. I am interested in embracing what others may see as physical imperfection or vulnerability, and documenting it with the eyes of a lover.’

Jocelyn Lee was born in Naples, Italy in 1962. She received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. Her first monograph Nowhere but Here was published in 2010. Lee has exhibited internationally, and her work is housed in the collections of many notable institutions, including The Yale Museum of Art, New Haven, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany.

Works

The Empty Mirror, 2016

The Empty Mirror, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

Raising the Cherry Tree, 2016

Raising the Cherry Tree, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

The Burn Pile, 2016

The Burn Pile, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

Newfoundland, 2008

Newfoundland, 2008

Jocelyn Lee

Jill with Crashing Wave, 2015

Jill with Crashing Wave, 2015

Jocelyn Lee

Winter Venus, 2016

Winter Venus, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

Pearl Behind Glass, 2014

Pearl Behind Glass, 2014

Jocelyn Lee

July Burn, 2016

July Burn, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

Barberry and Joyce, 2016

Barberry and Joyce, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

The Woods Near the Quarry, 2016

The Woods Near the Quarry, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

The Cove, 2017

The Cove, 2017

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #6, The Sunflower’s Belly, 2016

Dark Matter #6, The Sunflower’s Belly, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #5, Sunflower and Sky, 2016

Dark Matter #5, Sunflower and Sky, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

The Perfect Breast, 2017

The Perfect Breast, 2017

Jocelyn Lee

Pamela and Hollyhocks, 2016

Pamela and Hollyhocks, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #2, Pomegranate and Hosta, 2016

Dark Matter #2, Pomegranate and Hosta, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

Late September, 2017

Late September, 2017

Jocelyn Lee

Jenna and Fallen Apples, 2017

Jenna and Fallen Apples, 2017

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #8, Decomposing Dahlia, 2017

Dark Matter #8, Decomposing Dahlia, 2017

Jocelyn Lee

Riding the Apple Tree, 2016

Riding the Apple Tree, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

Apple Tree at Night, 2016

Apple Tree at Night, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

The Woods Near the Quarry #2, 2017

The Woods Near the Quarry #2, 2017

Jocelyn Lee

The Bath, 2016

The Bath, 2016

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #3, Wedding Flowers, 2015

Dark Matter #3, Wedding Flowers, 2015

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #13, Sinking Rose and Sunflower, 2017

Dark Matter #13, Sinking Rose and Sunflower, 2017

Jocelyn Lee

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