Untitled (triple negative orange purple green)
Paul Lee ( British, 1974 )
Paul Lee often incorporates seemingly banal found objects as primary materials to create modest sculptures with layered, enigmatic meanings. Using a few humble ingredients, Lee has brought a committed level of inventiveness to a practice in which the artist struggles to translate what he describes as "my personal feelings and my knowledge of my surroundings into a visual language for others to decode." Lee has also referred to his practice as a struggle between seeing and knowing. Perhaps for this reason—and our own struggle to assimilate the idea of the bath towel as art object—Lee seems to have found his most poetic subject in this form. At once anonymous and personal, universal and intimate, the towel is emblematic of hygiene, comfort, and relaxation, but equally denotes vulnerability and exposure.
Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 159.