June 20, 2022
Ness Lee, The Day I Unfold, 2019
A Monday muddle, as depicted by Toronto-based artist Ness Lee. Lee’s work “often calls to mind the warm cosiness of a cuddle,” notes Emily Steer in a 2020 feature on the artist. “But there is something else at play too. Sometimes an overwhelming feeling of melancholy sits in her subjects’ eyes”—a dichotomy depicted here. “When I started to do these drawings, I was really trying to love myself and love my body,” Lee tells Steer. “I can see a lot of it came from growing up Hakka, with the confusion of East and Southeast Asian traditions, living in Canada, and understanding a different version of love and care that is not the westernized projection of affection.” Click here to read on.