“Whitecliffe showed me different ways to develop and resolve ideas. I can critically assess my own work and find my own solutions confidently. Self-validation is an essential part of my process,” says MFA graduate Lee Harrop.
Lee came to Whitecliffe with a Diploma of Policing, and a background in forensic photography, graduating with a MFA (1st Class Hons) in 2009. Now a full time artist, Lee moved to live in Western Australia in 2010 where she has been involved in a range of global projects including the Imaginary Archive Exhibition which ran in Ireland in 2011, and in the Ukraine in 2014. She was selected for Perth’s annual ‘Mine own executioner’ exhibition in 2014.
Her MFA dissertation entitled A Blind Word - A Mute Vision documents an enquiry into the existence and effects of violence and how these are then communicated through language. Her research continues to focus on how violence is communicated through language, in particular, from a local perspective. Lee is interested in demonstrating arts ability to offer an experience that also becomes a form of criticism, and more specifically, by using language as the artwork in ways that disrupt or cause a disjunction of language. Her art-work is predominantly text-based and non-medium specific. It is mostly site-based or context specific.
“Submitting proposals and applications is an ongoing and necessary process,” she says. “Likewise, continuous research and development of ideas and projects.”
She has joined her local professional body, which provides opportunities such as artist exchanges, networking, studios, residencies, grants and other funding.
Lee loves her work. “It’s fulfilling, meaningful, exciting, challenging, and rewarding,” she says.