Joan Mitchell Center

Lee Deigaard

Emerging AIR
Interdisciplinary Artist
New Orleans, LA
September 11 – December 15

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Lee Deigaard lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana and in rural Georgia. Her studio practice engages wild animals and collaborates with animals who are friends and family. Her work explores animal protagonists and the emotional spaces and physical landscapes where humans and animals co-habitate. Circulatory systems, ecological processes and ideas of flow, immersion, and convergence inform much of her work. She has shown and presented her work nationally and internationally. Her series of nocturnal photographs of animals won the Clarence John Laughlin Award and was featured in solo shows at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in 2014 and at Arthur Roger Gallery in 2016 and in the group show Beauty and the Beast: the Animal in Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. In 2013, her immersive site-specific sculptural and video installations Pulse, Flow, and SubMERGE were exhibited at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, the Alexandria Museum of Art, and the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center respectively. Her drawings appear in a textbook where her idiosyncratically spelled surname appears in the index between Degas and De Kooning.  

As a Southern Constellations Fellow and artist-in-residence at Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC, she invited horses to explore a museum housed in a former thrift store. Horses at the Museum is part of In Your Dreams [Horses], a long-term, multi-media art and research project exploring horse personality and individuality, sensory awareness and processing, and the boundaries and thresholds of shared experience. Her work has appeared in National Geographic's blog PROOF, Lenscratch, and Oxford American. She is a member of the New Orleans-based artist collective The Front where she has curated shows about animal companions Standing Heat: I am I because [my little dog] knows me and You Beautiful Bitch as well as as Latin for Crab and Enscribe exploring scars and the ways life and death write themselves into us.

In 2016, she participated in the Horse Art and Research residency in Barnag, Hungary. She graduated with honors from Yale University and holds graduate degrees from University of Texas at Austin where she held a Michener Fellowship in Creative Writing and University of Michigan School of Art and Design where she was a Rackham Fellow. She was born and raised in Atlanta. 

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Movies for Horses

Movies for Horses

2015, barn screening for horse audience of Gus and Deuce Go Elsewhere (2014, two horses in a museum, lifesize), 12 x 12 feet

SubMERGE

SubMERGE

2013, site-specific installation: 8 foot pine pilings, conduit pipe, gaffers tape, plywood, garden hoses and spigots, tree parts, small wall-mounted lens, videos, double wall projections with audio, 15  x 30 x 20 feet

SubMERGE

SubMERGE

2013, site-specific installation: 8 foot pine pilings, conduit pipe, gaffers tape, plywood, garden hoses and spigots, tree parts, small wall-mounted lens, videos, double wall projections with audio, 15  x 30 x 20 feet

Flow

Flow

2013, site-specific installation: pine pilings, plywood, projections with audio, umbrellas, tree parts, 30 embedded wall lenses, with photographs and drawings

Moment Between (from the Unbidden series)

Moment Between (from the Unbidden series)

2016, archival pigment print in inkstained maple frame, 31 x 43 inches

Night Vision

Night Vision

installation view of works from Unbidden (2008-16) series, 2016, archival pigment prints, 18 x 12 feet
 

Untitled (river)

Untitled (river)

2008, sumi ink on paper

 Selected drawings and photogenic drawings arranged on kitchen table (L), 2008-15, 60 inches in diameter, gaffers tape drawing on the floor of SubMERGE gallery, 2013, 15 x 30 feet

Selected drawings and photogenic drawings arranged on kitchen table (L), 2008-15, 60 inches in diameter, gaffers tape drawing on the floor of SubMERGE gallery, 2013, 15 x 30 feet