Tag Archives: Drawing

Sabbatical

Matt_Lee-Sabbatical_1

Sometime in late 2006 I bought a Moleskine journal and a small selection of Tombow pens from a store on Tottenham Court Road in London. Nearly ten years later I rediscovered these supplies at the back of a drawer in my Bangalore studio and felt bad I had never used them – there and then I started working, and from the first few quick and spontaneous drawings this series took shape.

See the full series of 27 drawings here.

matt_lee-sabbatical-1

Matt_Lee-Sabbatical_4

Matt_Lee-Sabbatical_6

Matt_Lee-Sabbatical_15

Matt_Lee-Sabbatical_16

Matt_Lee-Sabbatical_26

Advertisements

MA Project Work: Presence of Absence

My non-linear and semi-autobiographical works examine the processes we use for communicating, manipulating and reading visual messages. In this series of British and Indian imagery, the frame and grid provide a structure that facilitates a dialogue between inside/ outside and a tension between what is known, assumed and thought.

989784173d72d0b03dd304e2b5dbbef2screen
78ba0233627126c95fbea0a84db6e1c6screen

3726b20b39ca932a3e183f69d0d93d20screen

Presence of Absence – Series 1

2835b8789cc7efae7490a8ac0061a94bscreen
4beac347582af3e4a9091538dbb4468cscreen

4ac419e3f2a7b21518f79aff61d1ced3screen

Presence of Absence – Series 2

Runcible Series

308876_10150824706570691_714695690_21133407_768481964_n

I have just finished a new series of drawings that place Edward Lear’s nonsense word ‘runcible’ within various disparate visual contexts.

‘Runcible’ is a nonsense word invented by Edward Lear in 1871. In his poetry this word is used to form semiotic gaps that cannot be satisfactorily resolved or understood by the reader. The nonsensicality of this word is further compounded when used by Lear as an adjective to describe a range of disparate nouns, including: a runcible spoon, raven, cat, wall, hat and goose.

This series of drawings situates Lear’s ‘runcible’ within a variety of disparate scenarios. Through a process of contextual shifting the word suggests a multitude of meanings that conflict or contradict – The result is nonsense.

See the full series here.

New Work: Death Landscapes

7_mattlee-deathlandscapescollectivev2

The ‘Death Landscapes’ series is an ongoing experiment in exploring form and formlessness through a limited set of iconography (The emoticon, a hill, the colour yellow).

See the full series here.