Eva is a painter and new media artist who credits the Dr. Seuss story, "Horton Hears a Who," for cracking open her imagination as a child with the idea that worlds may exist though we cannot perceive them. As an artist, she wonders about the unseen, such as spaces between cells, the jostling of subatomic particles, the shape of the universe, and is inspired by what lies at the threshold of perception.
[details] Discrete Terrain: Windows on Five Emotions, 2007
Multi-channel digital video installation with sound
dimensions approx 6ft high x 18ft wide
This work invites the viewer to the inner world of twelve individuals who participated in a study on the brain basis of emotions. Using data from EEG readings of the twelve subjects during five emotional states (anger, joy, fear, sadness, and disgust) 3D animations were created that are visual journeys through emotional landscapes. These are presented as windows looking into subjective terrain. This was a collaborative project with neuroscientist, Dr. James Coan of the University of Virginia, and is based on his data from studies on the brain basis of emotions. Sound by Manly Romero.
Ciliated (from The Matrix Series), 22 x 30", ink on paper; 2000
While working on her MFA thesis at Hunter College, Eva received a travel grant to study methods and visual systems of science with scientists at the University of California in Davis, CA. This culminated in a signature series of large-scale drawings of ovoid spaces.
Landings, 60 x 99", ink on paper; 2004
The drawings later developed into digital animations that are abstract experimental shorts. One example of this work is below.
Winter's Veil, 2007
Single-channel digital video installation
7 min 10 sec, silent, dimensions variable
Inspired by snow and other particles--their inner worlds, their wanderings and exchanges.
In addition to original drawings, Eva Lee's repertoire includes archival prints of stills from animations, limited edition DVDs, and digital video installations. Among other venues, her work has been on view at The Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, NY; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. Recent awards include fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and The MacDowell Colony.
Eva's website has video excerpts from the new media works, an archive of the drawing series, contact information, and more.