Emerging artist Timothy H. Lee describes his work as process-based. Having suffered from anxiety disorders since childhood, the artist (who also holds a degree in neuroscience) uses his painting process to go deeper into himself and allow his impulses govern his creative exploration. Lee was recently invited to create an installation in the Scholastic Store window in New York City, between Prince and Spring on Broadway. Lee had a week to work in the storefront — which doubled as his studio and exhibition space — as passersby stopped to watch him. The installation is part of the Art.Write.Now.POP-UP! residency, which commemorates the 91st year of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
“I use my background in neuroscience, and particularly my past work experience as a research assistant in a neural stem cell lab, as the ‘language’ with which I begin my exploration of my work. The compositions of my pieces are not premeditated — the forms occur as a result of what I feel is ‘right’ during my working process — the visceral feelings my neuroses trigger when I must paint in a certain way or direction. The results are abstract, amorphous shapes, and portraits that are both disturbing and serene, that serve as mappings of my thought process — a cartography of my psychopathology,” Lee told Hi-Fructose in an email. His new installation is part watercolor painting and part paper sculpture, the geometric patterns of which spiral in a snowflake-like configuration. Take a look at some photos of the work in progress below.