Lee Lee




Market Women in Chichicastenango

Starting with stone lithographs of lush forest, these mixed media works on paper were truck-tracked with fresh tar, then torn into small squares. They serve as a foundation that speaks to the situation imposed on the Maya: pushed off their land and treated like slaves on plantation style agricultural production facilities owned by multinational corporations. They fill US demands for cheap commodities which comes at a severe cost to both people and the environment. The texture of tar is an echo of the continuing destructive influence of these corporations. Tar is made from oil which also makes up the petrochemicals used in the style of agriculture that is decimating the environment.

Somehow, Mayan culture is not decimated. They maintain an incredible dedication to tradition, working in harmony with the environment. Ancient customs are manifested through the colorful and intricate weavings which are worn with pride. These portraits are of Mayan women from the highlands market in Chichicastenango. Exploring a wide range of human emotion from being weary and hurt to looking forward with hope, the vignettes are intended to explore the breadth and range of emotional textures in this community.

right: venta de plátanos & espera - tar, sharpie, watercolor & pencil over torn lithograph - 2010


torched angels from Havana's graveyard

Santaria Shrine




right: Priest's pup, oil on canvas

Lee Lee - Cuba, dog, oil painting

United States

portraits of Vrnda, mother of a Combat Medic stationed in the American war in Iraq

work from the abandoned cottonmill my great grandmother had worked in South Carolina

cowboy paintings from the west

right: Leona, oil on panel

Lee Lee - South Carolina, oil on panel



Salla Dancers during Carnival in Coroico







right: Salla Dancer, Carnival, oil on paper

Lee Lee - Salla dancer, Bolivia








right: kids playing hammock, Roatan, watermedia on collage

Lee Lee - Roatan, Honduras drawing







right: Mayan idol, drypoint

Lee Lee - Maya Idol drypoint print