18.4 – 11.5 2018
Jocelyn Lee:The Appearance of Things
18.04 – 11.05.2018
The first UK solo exhibition of American photographer, Jocelyn Lee, opened at Huxley Parlour Gallery in April 2018. The exhibition showcased 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.
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.
Video: In Conversation: Catherine Troiano and Jocelyn Lee
B. United States 1962
Throughout her career, Jocelyn Lee has explored the tactile qualities of the living world through photography. Lee is driven by existential themes, including those of sexuality, family, death and ageing. Spanning portraiture, landscape and still life, Lee’s work frequently questions our perceptions of beauty. In particular, Lee focuses on female subjects to examine pre-conceived notions of the body and ideals of appearance. Her richly descriptive colour works emphasise the tonal and textural richness of foliage, fabrics and flesh.
Jocelyn Lee was born in the United States in 1962. She received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. Lee taught photography at Princeton University from 2003-2012 and at Maine College of Art from 1993-2001. She has been a visiting artist at Yale University, Bowdoin College, Mass College of Art, and New York University. 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.