Jocelyn Lee

Italian, b. 1962


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Jocelyn Lee (b.1962) creates photographs of ephemera and figures that are reminiscent of seventeenth-century Dutch painting. In an attempt to preserve her wedding flowers, the artist left them soaking in water. Each night they would freeze and each day they would thaw, resulting in the unique and luscious surface texture. Referencing mortality, these flowers appear simultaneously preserved and decomposing.

Jocelyn Lee received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. Lee’s work has been included in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Harper’s Magazine. Her work is in notable collections including the Yale Museum of Art; the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has received several awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a NYFA Fellowship. Born in Naples, Italy, Lee currently lives and works in Portland, ME.

"Each image strives to celebrate a multitude of sensual bodies: animals, plants, and human beings. In many ways, the photographs are cabinets of wonder, echoing a nineteenth-century natural science fascination with the diversity of life."
—Jocelyn Lee

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