Lee Kit is adept at vividly revealing the traces that personal life leaves in living spaces and on objects. These traces constitute a “micro” or “minority” word or legend that seemingly has nothing to do with sonorous political narratives and the rational discourses of contemporary citizens. Based on this creative orientation, Lee’s art projects are necessarily spatial creations and his selection of insignificant spaces is a reflection of the inner tension and anxiety lurking in our everyday existence. Trapped in the mire of post-war East Asian cities and the entanglement between developmentalism and an ethics that transcends the confines of law, the conflicting and paradoxical relationship between this sense of tension and our living spaces clearly indicates that our bodies and the prints they left in the spaces have become a legend about “existence” waiting for us to deal with, a legend that consists of words and idle/active spaces of time, a legend of an anonymous figure. In today’s democratic life, the legend is also a suspended “muted voice”, which is tender and unforgettable. The deep-felt thrill is a feeling aroused by the force of history. It is not only an intricate sense of tension but also an affective politics that gives us an illusion of escaping from the system. In sum, it is an affective politics that goes far beyond lyrical accounts of the self.
Born in Hong Kong in 1978, Lee Kit graduated from the Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He expresses a unique sensitivity to everyday events in his creative work, which take the forms of paintings, found objects, sketches and videos that are often intimately connected to the sensory space. In other words, his work is not a mere reproduction of certain objects, but a reinsertion of specific sensory fragments into an exhibition space. Hence, the artist often establishes dynamic narrative clues between the quotidian and the exhibition, and creates moments of encounter in space that hints at anxiety, nostalgia, absence, or tension. As such, the methods of layering and applications of transparency using various media undoubtedly becomes a self-expressive mode of individual essence.