Meet the Artist: Jacqueline Rush Lee

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    Portrait of Jacqueline Rush Lee. Photo: John Hook

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Meet the Artist: Jacqueline Rush Lee

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Honolulu Museum of Art

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Meet the artists who are in the exhibition Hawai‘i Art Now. Each Wednesday from Feb 15 to April 18, we offer an encounter with an artist who is in Hawai‘i Art Now. A docent will lead you on a tour of the show, where an artist will be on hand to discuss his or her work. This week's artist is Jacqueline Rush Lee, who was born in Ireland and now resides in Kāneʻohe.

This is her statement about her artwork in the show:

For almost 15 years I have worked with the book as familiar object and archetypal form. Through various practices I scramble the formal arrangement of books and transpose their material and conceptual qualities so that the original meaning and intent is disrupted. I respond to the books intuitively and conceptually and remain open to the physical and metaphorical transformations that occur. Most of my “residual” sculptures or installations emerge as a palimpsest—a document that bears traces of the original text within its framework but possesses a new narrative as a visual document of another time. Island is a barometer of social change; albeit an amusing one.