Knoxville, TN | Photography
Paul Pak-hing Lee is an artist living and working in the United States. He was born in Hong Kong and spent his early childhood in Macau. He received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, an A.B. from Hamilton College, New York and an International Baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales.
Paul Lee’s work has been included in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, San Antonio, Nashville, Geneva, Istanbul, Singapore and Vladivostok, Russia.
Lee was the recipient of many grants and awards, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship to China and two Rockefeller Foundation Travel Grants. He also received artist residencies from the New York State Council on the Arts, The Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia and the Universidade de São José in Macau.
Paul Lee has over 30 years of teaching experience at the university level. He currently is a professor at the University of Tennessee School of Art. He teaches classes in digital and film photography. In addition to teaching in the US he has held visiting professorships at universities in China and Macau.
Do security camera and other safety imaging devices (such as the full body scanners) make us feel more secure? Or are their detailed and time-stamped freeze frame images faithful witnesses to the aftermath of violent events? This series of digital collages are inspired by images of violence captured on security cameras. As the images attempt to reveal the hidden identity of the perpetrators they also mask the fear that we all have come to accept in our daily lives.
The working title for my current body of work is "Designs for Walls, Screens, Curtains and Other Security Blankets." The series attempts to address the omnipresence of security surveillance cameras and how they desensitize our concerns for civil liberty.