Add a Dash of Local Art: Desarae Lee

Posted February 8, 2012 in

Each month, SLUG features a local artist and their work on the west wall of the café in Whole Foods at Trolley Square.

February's Add a Dash of Local Art features Desarae Lee. Hailing from Whittier, California, she has made Salt Lake City her home while she persues a life of illustration. Largely based on narrative, each piece is a short story told through various subconscious symbols. 

"It is hard to put your inspiration into words when you yourself do not event know where it comes from. Mormons call it the Spirit, Romantic poets called it the 'divine winds', Freud called it the subconscious, but anyone who's ever been touched by it knows that there are really no words for it." - Desarae Lee

To get a better idea of who they are, we invite the artist to the SLUG office and ask them to answer a few very strange and random questions that the office staff has come up with. They then create a piece of art out of their answers, with whatever supplies we have laying around the office. (i.e., old paint, colored pencils, mod podge, and a current SLUG issue. We are very crafty over here.) When Desarae stopped by our office, she created the above, self-portrait piece out of the following questions: 

Q: What's the most useful invention ever invented?
A: Taxidermy

Q: What is your spirit animal?
A: Elephant

We also asked her a few more normal questions: 

Q: Who are you? 
A: Desarae M. Lee

Q: When did you decide to become an artist?

A: In elementary school. Then I gave up on that. Then I gave up on growing up and came back to it. 

Q: How would you classify your work?
A: Visually appealing but emotionally disturbing.

Q: What do you think of the art scene here in SLC?
A: It's a perfect place to start—not too big, not too small. Sometimes the degree of art appreciation in the general public causes something to be desired.

Q: Any words of wisdom?
A: Not 

Check out her work hanging in the Whole Foods at Trolley Square from now until March 5, 2012. Find out more about Desarae and her work here: