Kerry Ann Lee

Kerry Ann Lee is a visual artist from Wellington, New Zealand. Her art explores cultural intersections occurring in the space between private moments and public locations. With a background in graphic arts, she creates work that is both expressive and socially engaged by playfully investigating issues of identity and hybrid cultural formations through hand-made processes.

Lee has been involved with a variety of arts communities through public mural commissions, exhibitions, seminars, workshops and art education programmes. Her enthusiasm for independent live music and involvement in the punk music scene since 1997 led her to co-curate an exhibition with photographic artist John Lake in 2002, called Up The Punks! 20 Years of Wellington Punk History. Lee is also known for her work with self-published fanzines with titles such as Help, My Snowman’s Burning, Celebretard and Permanent Vacation enjoying international exposure and readership over the past 13 years.

Kerry Ann Lee’s art practice has explored issues and understandings around Cantonese Chinese urban settlement in the Asia Pacific region during the 19th Century, in particular Chinatowns. As an artist of third-generation Chinese decent, Lee’s work meditates on themes of home, difference and hybridity.

In 2007, Lee was the recipient of the Asia New Zealand Emerging Researcher Award, and in 2008, she created Home Made, a lavishly illustrated artist book that celebrated an alternative cultural history of Chinese settlement in New Zealand, through cut-paper, paint, found text and images. The project evolved into a national touring art exhibition and seminar series.

Lee received a Fulbright Award to attend the Summer Residency Program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City in June 2009, and in September 2009, she was an artist-in-residence at island6 Art Centre Shanghai through the WARE (Wellington Asia Residency Exchange) Program. Kerry Ann Lee returned to Shanghai in early July 2010 for a solo exhibition titled AM Park at AM Art Space Gallery, responding to the ‘future city’ aspirations of Shanghai in 2010. In October 2010, Lee was an artist-in-residence at Visible City , the keynote event for the Melbourne Fringe Festival and launched Permanent Vacation magazine in December 2010.

Da Shi Jie/ The Great World: Shanghai Works 2009-2010 was Lee’s second solo show held at Toi Pō neke Gallery in Wellington and was a major survey of works created in Shanghai exhibited to New Zealand audiences. She has also recently had work featured in Crystal City at The Dowse Museum and Free Form at Bartley Company & Art in 2011.

Kerry Ann Lee is currently based in Dunedin, working as a senior lecturer and researcher at Otago Polytechnic School of Design. In April 2012 she was the inaugural Asia New Zealand/CNZ artist-in-residence to Taiwan.

Lee’s artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe, US and China.

Selected Exhibitions
Hyperspace, Bartley+Company Art, Wellington
Zineshow, Tymutopiyapres, Kiev, (Ukraine)

Zines from New Zealand, Frankfurt Bookfair, (Frankfurt)
Global Positioning System: So You Say You Want a Revolution, Westside Gallery, School of Visual Arts, New York, (USA)
Raised Voices, Calder & Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Parallel City Picture Show, The Ruin Academy, (Taipei)