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Prof Rona Lee


Department: Arts

An artist and specialist in critically engaged fine art practices, I work in an eclectic and 'expanded' manner, combining different media - performance, photography, sculpture and video - with techniques and technologies 'borrowed' from a range of other disciplines / spheres. Operating across gallery and non-gallery settings my practice is process based and research led, often involving extended periods of 'situated' engagement / intervention in response to differing thematic concerns and contexts.

I am interested in the ways in which art making might operate as means of engendering dialogue with and amongst different audiences and communities of interest, both specialist and amateur, prompting reflection on existing ways of thinking and doing, while simultaneously pointing towards new models of understanding / relating.
Rooted in feminist, performative and conceptual practices, questions of subjectivity and alteriety form continuing concerns with my work. I was born by the sea and a number projects have adopted water as an investigative locus, paralleling a wider set of interests in the fluid / volatile as a philosophical, cultural and material category. I recently completed a major body of work That Oceanic Feeling the initial research for which was conducted at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, working alongside geo scientists involved in mapping the deepest, least known and most active parts of the earth's surface, the deep sea bed; probing questions of representation, desire and the nature of the scientific gaze.

Rona Lee


  • Fine Art PhD September 01 2006
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2003

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • ‘The Encircling of a Shadow’ – the house of light made dark, Lee, R. 24 Apr 2018, From the Lighthouse: An Experiment in Interdisciplinarity, Taylor & Francis
  • The lines no longer hold, Lee, R. 12 Jan 2018
  • A Necessary Darkness, Lee, R. 27 Nov 2017
  • Modern Nature I, Lee, R. 22 Jun 2017
  • That Oceanic Feeling, Lee, R. 12 Jun 2017
  • Guidance on Ensuring the Safety and Security of Seafarers and Rescued Persons - Second Edition 2015, Lee, R. 27 Aug 2016
  • ABSTRACTED VISIONS: Information Mapping from Mystic Diagrams to Data Visualizations, Lee, R. 25 Aug 2015
  • A Perfect and Absolute Blank, Lee, R., Borland, C., Arnfield, J., Johnston, S. 16 Oct 2015
  • Guidance on Ensuring the Safety and Security of Seafarers and Rescued Persons - Second Edition 2015, Lee, R. 16 Oct 2015
  • Extraordinary Renditions (Stockholm): The Cultural Negotiation of Science, Borland, C., Crisp, F., Dorsett, C., Lee, R. 14 Nov 2014

PGR Supervision

  • Rob Smith ‘Composing Doggerland’: How can the North Sea inform new approaches to situated arts practices in the context of the Anthropocence? Start: 13/02/2018
  • Laura Harrington Start: 01/10/2015
  • Nicholas Evans Remodelling ‘The Vital Image’: Negotiating between Herbert Read's Vitalist Aesthetics and Contemporary Sculpture's Vital Materialism Start: 11/01/2018
  • Jessica Wiesner Start: 01/10/2017
  • Fiona Larkin Empathic attention; feeling into and intimacy in contemporary art practice Start: 26/09/2014

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