Sara Lee predominantly works with drawing and print, including woodblock in the ukiyo-e tradition, pigment on paper and large-scale relief prints. Her practice involves working from site-specific landscapes, followed by extended studio-based work.
The images are a response to the ephemeral nature of landscape and question our emotional and physical relationship with an evolving environment.
‘Sea Change’ is a series of Japanese woodcuts that allude to both the beauty and the disquiet of landscape under threat. Each image centres on a beckoning horizon line viewed across water. The reduced palette portrays gravid skies above desolate spaces and reveals a real understanding of the seemingly unremarkable but beautiful colour, grey. Hand-printed with a painterly approach, this series adopts the Japanese method of applying layers of colour directly on to the block with very few cut blocks required.
Lee exhibits widely with work held in public and private collections internationally. She has written for Tate and advises, speaks on and has taught print processes for various individuals and institutions including The Art Fund, The Royal Academy Schools and National Portrait Gallery. Born in Wales in 1956, Lee studied Fine Art at Ravensbourne and Print at Central Schools of Art.