Lee’s “genre-bending work finds beauty in difficult places and seeks to explore and expand conventional definitions of female beauty. Her portraits are raw, honest, and rich in implied narrative, showing women both young and old situated within the natural landscape. Lee’s large-scale photographs are one-of-a-kind cinematic tableaux featuring multiple images, each striving to celebrate a multitude of sensual bodies: animals, plants, and human beings. Together, the series reflects on life’s transitions from birth through to death.
“Visible and mobile, my body is a thing among things; it’s caught in the fabric of the world, and its cohesion is that of a thing. But, because it moves itself and sees, it holds things in a circle around itself. ” — Maurice Merleau-Ponty
The Appearance of Things represents nearly a decade of work by Lee, and encompasses still life, portrait, and landscape photographs, as well as many images that fuse these genres. This mingling is partly what the work is about: creating a shift in perspective where a body (portrait) becomes a landscape; a still life becomes a portrait; and a landscape becomes a body”.