Lee Ann Paynter
Lee Ann Paynter has her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, in Photography / Media. She received a BFA degree at the University of Kentucky (2009) where her body of work was on the topic of religion – religious intolerance and it’s affect on society. Some of those images can be seen here in Define Revelation.
Her current project revolves around time and liminal space, and in turn how much of life is spent in this transitory existence. “We are always passing through some place or space, both literally and psychologically. The existential nature of life lends to an ambiguity of identity, both of the self and of others. One is neither here nor there, but in a liminal state of existing nowhere, in the moment, for that moment has passed. I am looking at liminal space as not only a threshold or beginning, but as one in which human beings spend much of their time, both physically and psychologically.”
In another ongoing project, Lee Ann is working with a partner, Juan Rentoria, on an art intervention using sandwich boards and ostensibly bringing art to the public. This project is patterned after an intervention done by Jacob Fabricius in Brooklyn in 2003. Lee Ann and Juan enlisted other artists to put their art on sandwich boards so they could in effect take art out of the gallery space so it could exist in public where it is not expected. They have gotten an array of different comments from said public, some of which are documented here. Another project where Lee Ann has used art intervention actually intervenes with an ongoing intervention. MAK in Los Angeles invited several local artists to create their art on billboards around town. Visiting the sites, passersby were asked to pose with a hand-written sign (by Lee Ann) in front of the billboard art, giving question, meaning or depth to the existing intervention. The most recent intervention, “Creating a Collective Conscience” involves hanging banners over roads or passageways. This project is done with the idea that one will see the sign only for a moment, but the meaning may stick with the viewer either literally, or subliminally. There is a connection here to the photographic work “The Space Between” and how we fill that space of liminality.