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Artist Hattie Lee

Hattie Lee

Peoria, IL, USA


American, b. 1990   —   As a member of the Cherokee Nation, Hattie Lee's process is a personal expression of the Native American Diaspora. Being a collage of cultures, Lee reacts by collaging materials from ancestors, contemporary community, and personal life experiences.  Lee's studio is a flux of mediums and objects in constant conversation: a gouache painting is printed on fabric, which is collaged, then informs a piece of wearable art, or inspires the composition of a new gouache painting. Nothing is off-limits to being repurposed and reimagined. This process, and the resulting patterns, represent an experience of the world as part of the Cherokee Diaspora. The abstracted nature of her compositions symbolize the mixture of cultural backgrounds our modern-day world represents. Hattie lives and works in Peoria, IL. She holds an MFA from Bradley University, and a BA in Graphic Design from Tabor College. She grew up on the plains of Southwest Kansas and lived in Thailand for three years. Traveling to various countries gave her opportunities to build relationships and learn from many people groups. Multicultural relationships, interactions, and appreciation are a large part of her creative energy and motivation along with her personal family cultures. Her maternal grandmother’s frugal values, stemming from a depression era childhood, are also reflected in Lee’s practice by including repurposed personal, family, and found objects.

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Hattie Lee Home Studio
2912 West Vassar Court, Peoria, IL 61614

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