Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee is a Wisconsin born painter of landscapes and machines. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. In the years following his undergraduate work Lee worked on several scientific research stations in Antarctica. This included a year long stay at the Geographic South Pole where he studied field medicine and taught watercolor classes to scientists and support personnel. Lee entered the Graduate School in 2011 and his time working on research stations for prolonged periods fostered an interest in the aesthetics of telescopes. Lee’s paintings seek to transform these scientific devices in a manner which might reinvigorate them with a sense of wonder, transform them into monuments to industrial culture, or cast them into the archive of failed futuristic visions. Within these paradigms a form is sought which can give equal weight to science and art as producers of knowledge.