By Feng-Ru Lee
‘The Gaze” depicts the pacific island historically known as Formosa (beautiful island), Tayouan (Grand Bay) and now called Taiwan. The drawing mimics the shape of an eye gazing into the sky, filled with the country’s native betel palm (Areca catechu). Modern satellite imagery provide us with maps, give directions during travel and allow us to visit places without leaving the comfort of our sofas, no matter what type of maps or devices we use to explore, the idea of the shape of a place has been systemized and we look at it by an organized and prescribed perspective. The style of map depicted in The Gaze has been drawn in 80 CW, a similar style to the earliest maps of Taiwan that were hand drawn by Portuguese and Spanish explorers in the 15th century. The gaze is one of Lee’s Final 66 Drawings, a series of works set to count down to the end of her drawing based works. Feng-Ru Lee is a Taiwanese Artist currently living and working in Nottingham. Her practice addresses issues of cross cultural experiences and geographical migrations, she has a keen interest in the juxtaposition of eastern and western cultures and systems. Lee works across a range of medias often using installation, participatory performance and video. Feng Ru Lee is part of the New Art Exchange's ExperiMentor artist development programme and will be exhibiting the solo exhibition ‘Journey to Citizen Sheep’ in July/August 2015. Lee has exhibited throughout the UK, Taiwan and internationally including the USA, Middle East, Japan, and across Europe. She was the winner of the prestigious Taipei Prize in 2000. Lee has undertaken residencies in Berlin, Jerusalem and the New Art Gallery Walsall. Recent exhibitions have included: Flux Fest at VIVID, JAM at South Hills Park Art Center, Beyond as part of the Supernatural season at QUAD, Derby and a joint Solo Exhibition at Entrance Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic.