TZUNG-HUI LAUREN LEE
Tzung-Hui Lauren Lee (b. 1998, Johannesburg) is a South African Chinese artist and a recent graduate of the BA Fine Art programme at the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg. Her installation-based practice is embedded in processes of paper-making, calligraphy, and sculpture and, is occupied with the translation of two-dimensional mark-making, such as writing, to three-dimensional space. Lee is deeply influenced by aspects of Chinese philosophy and culture, including traditional Chinese folk art, which she draws on to investigate ideas around diaspora, identity and relationships between the past and the present. Her large-scale paper-objects, which are crossed by calligraphic designs that resemble floating ash, refer to the cycles of life, nature, the body and “psychophysical energy”. She describes her practice as a “means to decolonise, rethink, and understand my identity and the spaces surrounding my body”.