This is a repeating eventapril 6, 2021 9:00 am
(Friday) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Peoria Art Guild
203 Harrison St
Health Guidelines for this Event
Hattie Lee is a multi-disciplinary artist who grew up on the plains in Southwest Kansas, and now lives in Peoria, Illinois. She has a BFA in graphic design, an MA
Hattie Lee is a multi-disciplinary artist who grew up on the plains in Southwest Kansas, and now lives in Peoria, Illinois. She has a BFA in graphic design, an MA with an emphasis in painting, and will complete her MFA in Spring 2021. As a registered member of the Cherokee Nation she is influenced by her Great Grandmother’s heritage and stories, and desires to continue that legacy in her family.
Lee spent three years living in Thailand while working with a non-profit organization on their fine art and media team, giving her the opportunity to interact and learn from many people groups and tribes in Asia. Multicultural relationships, interactions, and appreciation are a large part of her creative energy and motivation.
“I translate Cherokee tribal inspirations, such as basketry and beadwork, into original compositions. This process, and the resulting patterns, embody my experience of the world as part of the Cherokee diaspora and member of the Cherokee Nation. The abstracted nature of my compositions symbolize the mixture of cultural backgrounds our modern-day world represents. My work is a hybridization- mixing tradition and nontraditional, native and non-native; a window into the life of a contemporary Native American who desires to reconnect to ancestors long past but still revered.
My culturally inspired compositions sometimes use textiles, embroidery, and found ceramics. Relocating family heirlooms and objects to my studio and incorporating them into an art piece is one way of processing the fact that I am one in a long line of stories. I also get my paintings and prints made into custom fabrics, allowing my paintings to inform my fiber art, and vice-versa.
My family’s fiber and material history is included in my practice because the artistry and usefulness it has provided is something worth honoring, while adding my own voice to its historical timeline of use. By integrating them, it is a collaboration with an artist I will never meet, yet had their own important story and reason for creating. My work flow is influenced by repurposed or thrifted materials, as well as art supplies and objects from family and community.
The term “sacred” has most often been used with religious language. However, in my work, the definition of “sacred” is bringing reverence and respect to heritages and materials. Reverence and respect are tribal community values. Though translated differently through my own experiences, I continuously find myself circling back to the idea of a sacredness in valuing the past as well as the present, leading to the formation of a richer future.” – Hattie Lee
Exhibit will run from April 2-30, 2021
Opening Reception on First Friday, April 2, 2021 from 5-9 PM
We will be following the social distancing guidelines that are recommended at the time of the event. Masks will be required so please bring one with you.
Peoria Art Guilddirector@peoriaartguild.org 203 Harrison St, Peoria, IL
Peoria Art Guild203 Harrison St