Echuca-based artist Ellen Lee to open her SAM Spotlight exhibition at Shepparton Art Museum on 21 October 2023.

A new exhibition entitled Landscape; of sight, of sound, featuring the work of Echuca-based artist Ellen Lee, will be showing at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) in the Hugh D.T Williamson Community Gallery from 21 October 2023 until 28 January 2024 as the latest instalment of the museum’s annual SAM Spotlight program.

Lee, an emerging artist working in graphite and watercolour, presents her sensory experience of nature through a series of large-scale abstract works on paper. Lee translates her experiences of Echuca’s Banyula Forest into her creative practice by creating layers of gestural marks and pigments that convey her unique interpretation of the landscape. Through the artworks, the exhibition offers a shared moment of reflection and tranquility in nature between the artist and viewer.

Designed to showcase the work of early-career professional artists in the region, SAM Spotlight is a dedicated solo exhibition opportunity, with feature artists identified through an open expression-of-interest process. SAM Spotlight is a commissioned opportunity, with participating artists receiving an artist fee and stipend for artwork production.

Caroline Esbenshade, SAM Curator – Community, says of the exhibition:

“Over the last year Ellen Lee has pushed her practice, expanding the scale of her drawings dramatically – including one over five meters in length. The artworks envelop viewers in a meditative impression of landscape.

Our Spotlight opportunity provides a fantastic opportunity for local creatives to extend their practice and be supported by the SAM team. I hope artists and members of the community who visit are inspired by the show, and perhaps even learn about a new drawing technique.” 

Landscape; of sight, of sound will open on Saturday 21 October 2023 and will run until 28 January 2024.

Image: Ellen Lee portrait, courtesy of Ellen Lee.