Staring into Eyes of the Bison: The Poetry and Art of Claire Lee
Why We Recommend it
Hong Kong-born visual artist and poet Claire Lee releases her latest works that use the bison as a metaphor for humanity, drawing attention to the interplay between the beast’s strength and its fragility.
Trained as a graphic designer with a degree in curatorial studies, Claire Lee is an artist who uses words alongside images to explore vulnerability, strength and the human condition.
This show will feature ink art pieces that bring to life the spirit of the bison, a creature Lee believes to embody many of the paradoxes humanity is fraught with. As strong, muscular beasts, they are incredibly powerful and highly adept at defending themselves against potential aggressors. But as a species, they were nearly wiped out.
It is in exploring these contradictions that Lee thinks about the current status of the powerful, but fragile human race, and ponders whether there might be valuable lessons the bison might teach us.
Lee will give a reading on the South Island Art Day on October 14.