Working continually with object studies allows for
exploration into complex ideas derived from ordinary,
simple forms such as bowls, sticks and studio tools.
These kinds of useful things are obvious universal visual references ,
but possess a deeper meaning as objects that endure over time.
On that level, a rich, symbolic meaning is found.
What is concealed and alternately revealed is a central theme in my work.
These oppositional realities create tension and suggest a narrative.
A process of adding to and taking away is a method of working
that becomes part of the content of the work, resulting in a
surface that also has endured through repetitive layering and scraping.
Typically I work on a heavily prepared surface with oil media
such as oil sticks, oil pastels and of course paint.
Often too, I add collage elements along with words and
numbers in a randomly planned manner: the final array
of symbols and objects acknowledges the act of discovery.
- Honore Lee