Knoxville, TN | Painting, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Drawing
Marta Lee was born in Moscow, ID and grew up in Pullman, WA before moving to TN at the age of 10. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2014. She currently lives and works in Knoxville. When she is not painting, Marta enjoys dancing, playing music, making to-do lists, and laughing.
The comfort and risk of painting necessitate my practice. Some pieces come together instinctively, while others require more deliberation. I draw from personal and formal relationships, pairing disparate elements to reveal their differences and similarities. My work is colorful, whimsical, and direct. Semi-straight lines form uneven grids. Abstraction and figuration overlap with ambiguous specificity. Skewed frames within compositions set up irregular margins. Washy areas reveal earlier marks, while buttery shapes conceal sweeping sketches. Language serves as both structure and communication. Complements reign: thin meets thick, blue kisses orange, meticulous areas rendezvous with lumpy shapes. I work openly, allowing the painting to be my partner, not just my product. No two pieces follow the exact same logic.