Plattsburgh State Art Museum
Senior Exhibition 2003
Burke Gallery & Myers Lobby Gallery
April 26 - May 17, Noon to 4, 7 days a week

Amelia Lee
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129. White Texture Study, 24" x 19" x 7", mixed media
130. In Complete Sentence (Series of 5 pieces)
              a. "Under the Fence" , 2' x 2' x 5", mixed media
             b. "Scream on Patterned Surfaces" , 2' x 2' x 5", mixed media
             c. "Meloncholy" , 2' x 2' x 3", mixed media
             d. "Just Say 'Ahhh'; Ribbed Faces in Smoke" , 2' x 2' x 4", mixed media
             e. "Crumbling from Nausia" , 2' x 2' x 4 ", mixed media
131. "Little of This and That" stone study (Series of carved stone pieces)
             a. "Hood" , 9" x 7" x 3", rose Italian alabaster
             b. " Girl's Face" , 7" x 7" x 3 ", rose Italian alabaster
             c. "Adult Male" , 8" x 5" x 7", soapstone
             d. "Marble Carving" , 9" x 10" x 3 ", marble
132. Pawn, 30" x 24" x 24", wire on foam with wax
133. My Favorite Ceramic Pieces (Series of 5)
             a. "Teapot 1" , 8" x 9" x 4", bisque porcelain
             b. "Teapot 2" , 8" x 10" x 5", bisque porcelain
             c. "Vase" , 6 " x 4" x 3", salt fired porcelain
             d. "Teapot 3" , 7 " x 10" x 5", salt fired porcelain
             e. "Teapot 4", 7" x 8" x 4", salt fired porcelain

The puzzle of a dream and the complexity of its content cannot be readily understood. My artwork feels that way for me. Honestly, I just make whatever I feel. The work I produce, that generally satisfies me the most is the work improvised and unplanned; I feel freer to follow my feeling. Often times for me, it takes a lot of thinking and reflection to decipher the meanings and origins of these symbols and forms.

They are so personal to me. Many times I shock myself to acknowledge what they fully mean. It feels completely awkward discovering that something so vulnerable as a symbol of my thoughts, memories and/or feelings is completely exposed in a public setting inside/on gallery walls. There it is to be critiqued as a whole! It is mortifying and terrifying, but so liberating I learn so much though from watching people's reactions to my pieces and so much about myself in acknowledging what the piece is really about.

It is refreshing at times to be so truthful, but some expressions I've created are shamefully truthful feelings, ideas, memories, or fixations that I have tried my best to repress in everyday life and activity. How dare those sneaky culprits bubble to the surface! I think to be that open is risky, But absolutely essential to my idea of artwork. The truth many not always be pretty but it is usually something that can be learned from. Even feelings occur for a reason, it just may not be clear initially why it is felt. That is the key to my work; I may not be familiar enough with my feelings to articulate them any other way than through my artwork. It is possible that these objects I make may actually be something that can be appreciated, and perhaps, identified with or even learned from. If that objective is achieved, I feel successful as an artist.

The pieces that I have submitted for the senior show are mostly white to help focus concentration on their form and their texture. Many times these facial expressions or figurative gestures signify a feeling of that moment or of this period in my life. I've tried to focus in the things that interest me. Maybe there is something curious enough about them to stir feeling in the viewer.

I have been studying here at Plattsburgh State University for 5 years. Prior to my enrollment at this university I attended La Guardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. I've had internships with other artists in different mediums and in different settings. For all this education in the arts, everyday I learn how much more there is to know. I love sculpture, there is something interesting about artwork extending into our three dimensions, even if it is hung up on the wall, its depth makes it interesting. I don't believe in limiting my options. I love illustration, painting, and ceramics too. It was difficult to choose my favorite for the senior show, but I have a special place in my heart for sculpture.

I want to give thanks to all the professors that have worked with me here. I would not have made it this far without their patience. I know it wasn't easy to work with me, thanks for caring enough to work through my stubbornness. Here's a special thanks to you, Don Osborn. I can never repay all the effort you've exerted. I hope you realize how much it is appreciated. I've enjoyed rich and inspiring discussions with you Peter Russom, Rick Mikkelson, and you, Berry Matthews. I'll take your advice with me. Thanks so much All that having been said, I hope you enjoy the show!

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