On January 10th, 1901, after drilling into the ground at a depth of over 1,000 feet, into earth material not yet exposed since the Jurassic period, a Spindletop gusher blew a plume of black petroleum 150 feet into the air. This gusher would continue spewing at a rate of 100,000 barrels per day for the next nine days, single handedly leading the entire United States into the oil age. Almost exactly 95 years later, Emily Lee would be born in the same place along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Emily Lee is a chinese-american artist. For Lee, sculpture is only the first step in their iterative, place-based methodology whose progression includes both critical writing and communal organizing. They are haunted by a vague awareness of their profound dislocation from deep time and ecological connectedness, and how that dislocation has been established in the physical and linguistic forms around them—the property’s barbed-wire fence, the museum’s line of sight, the gallery’s hidden extension chord, the animal’s name. Lee insists that the exhibition is the ideal social setting in which to experimentally recalibrate these relationships between language, form, and experience. The work itself often takes the form of installations that change with time and are comprised of materials local to the site like aluminum, wood, clay, photographs, drawings, video, and performance.

Emily Lee is the founder of All the Sudden, an DIY project space in Austin, Texas, hosting experiments in visual art, experimental music, performance, and community work. They work as a freelance facilitator and fabricator in Austin, Texas.

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