Grace Lillian Lee was born in 1988 and grew up in Cairns, Queensland, where she lives and works. She is a multicultural artist and a descendant of the Meriam Mer people of the Torres Strait.
Grace creates unique body adornments and wearable art pieces that are inspired by her indigenous heritage. Her body sculptures often incorporate the 'Grasshopper weaving' technique taught to her by mentor and Torres Strait Elder, Uncle Ken Thaiday.
Grace is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists and fashion designers. In 2013, she founded the nationally recognised Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Fashion Performance. She has also presented Indigenous fashion performances in Papua New Guinea, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Grace has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas and her work is represented in major collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and Cairns Art Gallery, Queensland.
Grace Lillian Lee: Body Sculptures
24 Jun – 4 Sep 2016
RITUAL: the past in the present
15 May – 22 Aug 2021
between tradition and innovation
17 Oct 2020 – 10 Jan 2021
13 Dec 2019 – 2 Feb 2020
1 Dec 2017 – 18 Feb 2018
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