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curriculum vitae

JJ Lee was born and raised in Halifax Nova Scotia where she completed her BFA from NSCAD. She moved to Toronto in 1997 to complete her MFA at York University. She is the recipient of many grants and awards. She currently lives in Toronto.

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My paintings connect and re-interpret Western and Chinese painting traditions. I appropriate colonial, scientific, historical and medical images from textiles, botanical illustrations, advertising and acupuncture charts to create undefined environments. These diverse sources signify the barrage and collision of disparate ideas of twenty-first century life. My images address notions of history and culture, beauty, desire and identity. The end result is personal, historical, aesthetic and rooted in many truths and fictions.