EVA LEE created "Lux Flux," a light portrait of the city through video animation. The video begins with the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and wraps around the Tampa Riverwalk to the Tampa Bay History Center. When approaching the project, Lee stated “…I will film all manner of lights that I encounter, from daylight to evening, on land, and by water via boat. Some examples are natural light, such as sunlight reflecting on water; man-made lights, such as navigational lights on boats and cars; architectural lights on bridges and buildings, including art projects such as the Villereal façade of Tampa Museum of Art.Tampa’s luminous vitality from both natural and man-made sources of energy will be presented as a living system. Using digital collaging and special effects, the viewer will see a tableau of recognizable Tampa lights, colors, sights, and sounds alternately morph into abstract images that suggest organic changes, all in the context of day passing into night and then day again on a loop, hinting at an ongoing life cycle."
The resulting video animation is a light portrait of the city, which captures the city’s signature Riverwalk personality, as seen along the banks of its waterways through the lens of art.
Eva Lee's animation is featured on the Portal. The Portal is a digital gateway through the arts. Located on the Riverwalk, it provides an ever-changing and engaging platform for cultural and educational opportunities. Content on the Portal is expansive; in addition to commissioned artwork, a wide net is cast to include content from archival sources, scholars, health and environmental specialists. In addition to Lee, artists Juliet Davis & Stephanie Tripp and Molly Schwartz were commissioned to create new work for the Portal.
Eva Lee studied painting at Bard College (BA) where she first learned to see from an interdisciplinary perspective. While attending Hunter College (MFA) she was awarded a travel grant to conduct research for her thesis with scientists at the University of California in Davis, CA. The artist's studies there in methods and visual systems of science culminated in a signature series of large-scale drawings described by The New York Times as "striking works...ovoid spaces shaped from deep black ground by thready white lines that pattern themselves into showy networks...[They] suggest cellular and body structures, as well as the vast abstractions of the universe.” These later developed into digital animations that are abstract experimental shorts. She continues to be inspired by science, collaborating recently with neuroscientist Dr. James Coan of the University of Virginia to create 3D animations based on his data from studies on the brain basis of emotions.
In addition to original drawings, Eva Lee's repertoire includes archival prints of stills from animations, limited edition DVDs, and digital video installations. Among other venues, her work has been on view at The Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, NY; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. Recent awards include fellowships from the Asian Cultural Council, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, and The MacDowell Colony.