Born into the world of capitalism, white male dominance, pollution, and violence (via Calgary Alberta), Lee focuses her art practice on the mistreatment of humans. This often begins from an early age. Deconstructing childhood allows us to see how little agency children have over their bodies. Through social interaction and care, we can learn to support all human life. Rachel is working towards her BFA in studio art from the University of Lethbridge, where she creates physical representations of social intervention through textiles and ceramics.
The construct of childhood teaches young people to respond passively with little agency over their bodies. Care for ourselves and others is vital, we must treat bodies and minds with respect. I have been creating multimedia sculptures that are reminiscent of children’s toys and body imagery. The contrast of sexualized bodies and the innocence of children’s toys create an intriguing dynamic for the viewer. The tactility of the objects invites viewers to play with them and explore their form. Through touch I hope to further the odd comparison between bodies and toys.
Student Award 2018