The Fortune of Lee Maelzer’s Entrails

A look at Lee Maelzer’s photography-inspired paintings

Lee Maelzer is drawn to discarded objects and abandoned places. Her research starts with photographs, either taken or found. She tampers them using chemicals. The images break down. The results are unexpected and varied but they all carry the same ghost-like qualities. Maelzer’s paintings share the same feeling as the photographs: missing information is alongside sections rich with detail. In all of the work there is a sense of human presence; we are left to consider our own traces and what we leave behind.

Lee Maelzer studied her BA at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London and an MA at Royal College of Art, London. She was awarded the Abbey Fellowship at The British School of Rome in 2004 and has twice been shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize. Maelzer has exhibited internationally and extensively in the UK including the Bloomberg Space, the Royal Academy, Transition Gallery and Cell Project Space. Her work is held in permanent and private collections.

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