Eva Lee is a visual artist and experimental filmmaker, born and raised in New York City. She is inspired by what lies at the threshold of perception. "I wonder about the unseen, the impalpable, the barely conceivable. The jostling of subatomic particles, the spaces between cells, what mind is, how we understand phenomena, these are the type of things that fascinate me." Some of her work has been described by The New York Times as “hypnotic” depictions of the “awesome infinities and minutiae of the cosmos.”
Her interest in the nature of mind has led to collaborations with neuroscientists. She visualized University of Virginia Dr. James Coan's data on the brain basis of emotions as moving 3D landscapes. The working idea was to make inner subjective states visible as external topography. With Yale University Haskins Laboratories Dr. Einar Mencl, she created an animated visual poem based on his brain imaging from language and sound-related experiments.
In recent years, her curiosity about mind and phenomena has led her to study Buddhist philosophy. She also worked with Dr. Jose Raul Naranjo Muradas of University of Freiburg, Germany, to explore ways to visualize his EEG brain data from studies on notions of "self" and "other" in prayer and meditation. Her current works are informed by Eastern non-dual and Western scientific views of consciousness.
Eva Lee's work includes original drawings, animations, video installations, archival digital prints, and Collectors Edition DVDs. Her work is in the permanent collections of Connecticut Artists Collection/Art in Public Spaces, City of Tampa Public Art Collection, City University of New York Hunter College, Housatonic Museum of Art, Meditech, and Louisiana Art & Science Museum. She is represented in Tribeca Film Institute Reframe Collection, where her experimental shorts are available for sale. Awards include Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships from Asian Cultural Council, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, and The MacDowell Colony.