In this series of paintings, full pages of clip art catalogs from the 80s and 90s, depicting decorative borders that would appear in emails and newsletters, are meticulously copied in absorptive india ink on archival rag paper. The labyrinth-like compositions call to mind the symmetry of a formal garden, and draw from Lee’s fascination with blueprints of mandalas as a child in Nepal. Lee returns to the glyphs, lexicons and alphabets that saturated her aesthetic landscape growing up as the child of two linguistics scholars, and applies the precision of Eastern calligraphy to translate digital forms into handmade mark.
Maia Ruth Lee, b. 1983 in Korea, is a mixed-media artist. Having spent her childhood in Nepal, Lee returned to Seoul for her undergraduate studies. Lee now lives and works in New York, and shows with Eli Ping Frances Perkins Gallery.
India ink on paper
26 × 18.5 inches framed