b. 1984, SAR, China

Leelee Chan Artworks

While exploring the location of her Hong Kong studio, which was positioned in a densely inhabited industrial area, Leelee Chan discovered dumpsters full of detritus that intrigued her—especially as many of the manufacturing plants had relocated to mainland China. This waste she sifted through, selected, and hoarded, to be recombined later after much scrutiny and intermittent contemplation. Examples, such as these with plastic pallets, include Hazy Blue Silhouette (2021), Nocturnal Encounter (2021), and Circuit (Jasper Green) (2021).

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Despite her early interest in painting, Chan's reputation is based on her conceptually complex sculptures, such as those based on normally abandoned by-products like core samples from sedimentary geological drilling, including Barnacles (2019). These demonstrate her interest in the compression of time. In Present Relics (2020), Chan carefully arranges a group of ceramic shards that appear to be Ming dynasty fragments, or else poetically mixes them with other dramatically different materials, from nature or from industry, as in The Grip (2020) and Performer #1 (2021).

Chan's ongoing projects incorporate researching the traditional skills of marble and quartz crystal carving and copper and silver foundries. After winning the 2020 BMW Art Journey Award, Chan embarked on a project that involved visiting world-renowned mines and quarries in Mexico, Spain, and Italy to study their artisan technologies, social relationships, and histories.

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The Grip by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Leelee Chan The Grip, 2020 Broken pottery tomb figure hands from Ming dynasty (14th to 17th centuries AD), hammer, vacuum cleaner head, concrete, stone tile, paper clay, stainless steel hardware
13.2 x 10.5 x 10.2 cm
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Hazy Blue Silhouette by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Hazy Blue Silhouette, 2021 Found plastic pallet, stainless steel, Lapis Lazuli, Jesmonite, pigment, polystyrene foam, construction adhesive
74.5 x 71.8 x 15 cm
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Nocturnal Encounter by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Nocturnal Encounter, 2021 Found plastic pallet, stainless steel, mirror, Lapis Lazuli, Jesmonite, pigment, polystyrene foam, construction adhesive
71.5 x 71.5 x 12.5 cm
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Circuit (Jasper Green) by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Circuit (Jasper Green), 2021 Found plastic pallet, salvaged tennis court surface, Green Jasper, bronze powder, pigment, resin, stainless steel mirror, stainless steel hardware
71 x 71 x 13 cm
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Performer #1 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Performer #1, 2020 Broken pottery tomb figure head from Ming dynasty (1300–1600 AD), polystyrene foam, seashell, artificial flower, fiberglass, resin, pigment, and metal stand
14 x 5.7 x 5.7 cm
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Halo #2 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Halo #2, 2019 Scavenged light, foam packagings. spinning wheel, concrete, pigment
18 x 10 x 8 cm
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Sunset Capsule #4 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Sunset Capsule #4, 2019 Construction lights, metal stands, crystal pieces from a scavenged chandelier, concrete, fibreglass, metal hardware, gel filters
150 x 38 x 38 cm
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Seaglass Equilibrium 海玻璃平衡 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Seaglass Equilibrium 海玻璃平衡, 2019 Metal plate, concrete, polystyrene foams, pigment, seashell and found glass plates
101 x 91 x 45 cm
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Spine #2 脊 #2 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Spine #2 脊 #2, 2019 Wheels, clay, metal, spray paint
235 x 24.3 x 10 cm
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Seeker 探寻者 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork works on paper
Leelee Chan Seeker 探寻者, 2016 Collage, spray paint, acrylic, matte medium, watercolour on Arches paper
80.5 x 65.5 cm
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Intermission 间歇 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork works on paper
Leelee Chan Intermission 间歇, 2016 Collage, acrylic, matte medium, gouache, watercolour on Arches paper
81 x 65.5 cm
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Imaginary Boundary  想像 · 城界 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Imaginary Boundary 想像 · 城界, 2019 Used household mirror, found dried pod, found foam packagings, concrete, wood, pebbles, plexiglass mirror, tiles
104 x 28 x 28 cm
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Blindfold Receptor (willow-green)《蒙眼感知器 (柳綠)》 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Blindfold Receptor (willow-green)《蒙眼感知器 (柳綠)》, 2019 Metal columns, metal plate, stainless steel hardware, wheels, clay, spray paint
217.5 x 66.2 x 37.1 cm
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Barnacles by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Leelee Chan Barnacles, 2019 C. 380 pieces of concrete, metal hardware, resin, pigment, zip ties

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Seashell Game by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Leelee Chan Seashell Game, 2016 Collage, acrylic, matte medium, watercolour on Arches paper
80.5 x 65.5 cm
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Necklace of Window by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Leelee Chan Necklace of Window, 2016 Collage, acrylic, matte medium, watercolour on Arches paper
80.5 x 65.5 cm
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Endless Consumption by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Leelee Chan Endless Consumption, 2015–2017 Found polystyrene packagings, seashell, cosmetic compact mirror, artificial plant, aqua-resin, fibreglass, plaster, wood, metal, epoxy putty and pigment dispersion
218.4 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm
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House of Leaves by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan House of Leaves, 2017 Found objects: stone effect plastic frame, leaf skeletons, wood, stone tiles, grout, mirrors, glass, silicone glue, metal
60 x 35.6 x 40.6 cm
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Spine by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Leelee Chan Spine, 2019 Wheels, clay, metal, spray paint
189 x 6.5 x 16 cm
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Protector by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture, installation
Leelee Chan Protector, 2018 Found materials including car windshield, seashells, a bag of chandelier crystal balls, polystyrene packagings, Mother of Pearl tiles, egg packagings, Aqua-Resin, resin, fiberglass, concrete, wood
179 x 77.5 x 54 cm
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Pallet in Repose (Portal) by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork installation
Leelee Chan Pallet in Repose (Portal), 2019 Mixed media
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Navel by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee Chan Navel, 2018 Scavenged polystyrene packaging and cosmetic container, found seashell, jesmonite, fiberglass, resin, pigment, epoxy putty
151 x 30 x 30 cm
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