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Mobilities

Consuming Plastic

Banana Farm – West Indies
Lee Lee: portrait of a Mayan woman drinking coke in Guatemala
Refreshment – Guatemala
Honolulu street scene painting by Lee Lee
Construction zone in Honolulu
painting of a floating toyshop by Lee Lee
Floating toyshop on the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Consuming Plastic painting of Greek Fishing boats
Fishing boats in Greece
Painting of a dugout canoe in the Okavango Delta by Lee Lee
Dugout canoe in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Painting of a street scene in Dlehi, India
Street at night, Delhi, India
Portrait of wool vendor, La Paz, Bolivia by Lee Lee
Wool Stand in La Paz, Bolivia
Painting of a lakefront village, Cambodia by Lee Lee
Lakeside village, Cambodia
Painting of Kenyan students by Lee Lee
After School in Kenya
Painting of rituals held along the Ganga, Varanasi
Ritual along the Ganga, Varanasi, India
Categories
Asia

Rajavihara

Ta Prohm temple
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII stands supported by tree roots that have cascaded down the stone structures and embedded themselves so intricately with the temple, it would prove very difficult to remove them without destroying the ancient buildings. In a beautiful marriage of nature and architecture, the forms were born of many years of the temple sitting forgotten in the tropical forest. Throughout the complex, buildings are adorned with extensive friezes of the battle between the Khmer & Cham centuries ago. In more recent history, it was a stronghold of the Khmer Rouge until they were ousted by the Vietnamese after the American War there. Evidence of bullet holes are pockmarks scattered across the surfaces as residual marks from this tumultuous era. This series was painted from photographs I took there in 1999. At that time, I was exploring the long term impacts of the American presence through the region. My father was a captain in Intelligence during the American war in Vietnam. His task was to interpret aerial photographs to decide where to drop bombs. He spent time in Cambodia during the first stirrings of genocide that flourished after the Americans left the region. The series of landscapes are infused with a red haze that fills the atmosphere, painted in this way to reflect this recent history, while the trees and architecture persist silently into another new age. The grounds-dwellers around the temples of Angkor Wat are without limbs more often than not as the community continues to be confronted by extensive UXO and slowly come to points of healing. The paintings of shrines found throughout the stone halls are a testament to the continued use of the temples as sacred spaces.

Painting of Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Lee Lee
Painting of Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Lee Lee
Painting of Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Lee Lee
Painting of Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Lee Lee
In the collection of Tracy Weil, Denver
Painting of Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Lee Lee
Painting of Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Lee Lee
Painting of Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Lee Lee
Painting of Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Lee Lee
Lee Lee | Ta Prohm series from Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Oil on canvas | 2005