Born in Hong Kong, Carol Lee started her studies of Chinese painting in 1983. She graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in 2001. In 2007, Lee received her Master of Fine Arts from RMIT University (co-presented with Hong Kong Art School).
Lee’s works by time do not only record images of objects but also record the shadow of objects. The images on newsprint are virtual images and through their lack of detail contain delicate outlines akin to shadows. These unreal images devise an illusionary story of poetic expression written on the surface of the “time-painting.” The process of portraying or capturing time through sunlight is a chance situation, the image that is created by time and sunlight can also fadeaway after the object is removed from the newsprint. It is a reincarnation. It will enter into an everlasting journey of contingency and transmigration. “Time and light are piled with contradictions and bewilderment; reconstruction and destruction become inseparable, the ever-flowing journey of the beginning and the end of life, until it reaches the otherness of eternity.”
Her works are collected by the Philippe Charriol Foundation, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation of Germany, Lviv Glass Museum in Ukraine and other private collectors.