Philip Lee is a performance artist whose essential medium is his own naked body and earth materials. His work is the result of an obsessive investigation into the nature of bodies. Live performance is central to his work. His body is covered with clay and pigments, transforming it so that it hovers in a space between human and object.
Philip Lee has been performing with clay since 2003. He is currently researching into live performance with clay for a PhD at the University of Westminster. He uses analysis of his own performances to interrogate the work of other performance artists, and is developing ways of discussing performance with materials.
Philip Lee and Cally Trench have been collaborating since 2009. Cally Trench is an artist whose work includes painting, drawing and board games, with a particular focus on an overhead viewpoint. In recent performances, they have struggled to cover each other in clay slip. Colluding in the discomfort and punishment, each plays by particular rules unknown to the viewer, and at times to each other.
2007 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
2001 BA Ceramics, University of Westminster, London
2011 ‘Body Body Chair Slip’ – live performance in collaboration with Cally Trench, at Out Of The Dark, High Wycombe
‘Slip & Chalk I and II’ – produced for Project 101, curated by Sophie Loss at LAB, New York, USA
‘Spode Slip’ – live performance in collaboration with Cally Trench, at the British Ceramics Biennial
‘Body Body Clay Pane’ – live perfromance in collaboration with Cally Trench, at the private view of ‘A Throne is only a Bench Covered in Velvet’ by Adam Marsh at South Hill Park, Bracknell
‘Blue Home Grown’ – artist book in collaboration with Cally Trench, exhibited at the London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London
‘Tied Slip II’ – live performance in collaboration with Cally Trench, part of Divide and Rule curated by Roves and Roams, at The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, Windsor
‘Tied Slip I’ – live performance in collaboration with Cally Trench, part of Parallels & Connections – International Conference on Ceramics and Glass, The National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland
Blindfold Slip Private – live performance in collaboration with Cally Trench, University of Westminster
2010 ‘Blindfold Slip III’ - live performance and installation, in collaboration with Cally Trench, part of Exquisite Stone Corpse curated by Sophie Loss, at The Stone Squid Experimental Art Space, Hastings
‘Blindfold Slip II’ - live performance in collaboration with Cally Trench, The Nunnery, Bow Arts, London, part of Visions at the Nunnery curated by Cinzia Cremona and Tessa Garland
‘Blindfold Slip I’ - live performance in collaboration with Cally Trench, at the opening of Benjamin Cohen, HRL Contemporary solo show, The Truman Brewery, London,
‘Spiral for Bruno’ – commissioned live performance in collaboration with Cally Trench, Islington, London
2009 ‘Corpus Slip II’ – live performance and installation Slab Torsos IV, at the closing of Corpus, HRL Contemporary group show, curated by Henry Little at The Old Chapel, St John’s Wood, London
‘Corpus Slip I’ – live performance and installation Slab Torsos IV, at the opening of Corpus, HRL Contemporary group show, curated by Henry Little at The Old Chapel, St John’s Wood, London
‘Slip Dipping I’ – live participatory action, Hop Skip curated by Martina O’Shea at Liquid Studios, Hackney Wick, Hackney Wicked Art Festival 2009
‘Colours I’ – live performance and installation, East Wing Collection VIII – On Time, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London
‘Sitting Slip I’ – live performance and installation, part of At Play 1 curated by Cally Trench and Outi Remes at South Hill Park, Bracknell
Press and Publicity
2011 Jo Dahn writing in Maria Elena Buzsek’s book Extra/Ordinary – Craft and Contemporary Art, makes reference to my work in her chapter: ‘Elastic/Expanding: Contemporary Conceptual Ceramics’, p. 161
2009 February Marion Duquerroy, ‘Mapping the Performance: Romain Forquy and Philip Lee's Segments’, Foto Kvartals, 1(15)
2008 January Katy Blatt writing for East Wing Collection VIII - On Time at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, ‘Philip Lee – White II’
2005 November Gloria Tessler, Art Notes, Journal of the Association of Jewish Refugees
2005 September Janice West, ‘Unearthing Something Interesting’, Essay in Pieces By Eight, 2005, catalogue for group show of 'new ceramics'
2004 March/April Jo Dahn, ‘Think About It – introducing conceptual ceramics’, Ceramic Review 204
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