Shari Lee

Shari Lee is a mixed medium artist, educator, licensed psychotherapist and longtime
Brewery resident.

While her undergraduate studies focused primarily on painting, drawing and photography, it was a metal sculpture class and the Loma Prieta earthquake that fueled an artistic and philosophical investigation into mixed medium found-object assemblage, for which she is most known. She holds a BFA degree from UC Santa Cruz.

Finding, combining and juxtaposing objects, then reassembling them informed and expanded her aesthetic sensibility and ignited an investigation into notions of value, storytelling and archetypal symbols. Her work has been included in juried group shows in California and New York. A solo show, entitled “Pondering Proximities” at the College of the Redwoods gallery in Eureka, Ca. utilized Thomas Bros. maps as a basis for exploring how we locate ourselves internally as well as externally.

As a visual arts educator Shari has worked at Inner City Arts in DTLA, and at LACMA where for over 10 years she taught studio classes, Evenings for Educators workshops, and was artist in residence for the education dept. working with high school interns. She designed a visual arts program for at risk youth in both a school setting and the Sycamores residential day treatment program in Altadena.

Inspired by her students and the potential for psychological growth through creative expression, Shari earned an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth/Jungian psychology from Pacifica Graduate Inst. in 2007. Her thesis explored the relationship between art and psychology; showing how developing a dialogue with the unconscious, whether through art making or engaging in a therapeutic process, is a creative act of exploration that strengthens the imagination and expands the capacity for wellbeing.

IG @eclectic_alchemy
shari@sharidlee.com

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