Christine Lee

Christine’s abstract monotypes evoke both gritty cityscapes and lush pastoral landscapes. Her process of layering graphic elements on paper strikes a balance between turmoil and tranquility, like the far-off landscapes and dystopian tales she imagines in her work.

 

What is your favorite part of the creative process? I love the struggle of feeling like I’ve completely lost hope on getting a piece to come together, and I just keep plugging away and suddenly my intuition takes the wheel and I feel like, “Hey! I think this just might work out!” That moment is what motivates me to keep making art.

What’s one of your favorite things about being an artist in Seattle? That’s easy - I love love love my printmaking community at Pratt Fine Arts Center.

How does living in Seattle influence your work? The growing urban landscape juxtaposed with the natural abundance nearby influences my color palette, and provides the grittiness that is part of every piece.

What’s something important about your work that a lot of people don’t know about? My background is in industrial design. I think my work is a good example of how your life experiences shine through in whatever you choose to do.

What’s one thing you want to make sure you do in your lifetime? I would love to do an artist residency when my son is older. I want to see what the possibilities might be for me if I focus on my artwork full-time.

How do you know when a piece is finished? Often I just need to add a thin line or a small mark in a certain area and then BOOM - it all comes together. Other times, I walk away from a work in progress and come back to it weeks later with fresh eyes, and my brain has an easier time seeing how to finalize it.