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"She Is Me, I Am Her, But She Is Herself" is the second in a series of drawings, paintings and blind contours that investigate the plethora of emotions that fill the first year of being a mom. "She Is Me..." navigates the realization of the full communion I have with this new little human; my body grew her, my body sustains her, she is a part of me and me of her in a literal sense. However, she is also an individual, independent and unto herself. She is not me. She never was me. I, in fact, did not make her. But at the same time I did, and that's the paradox.

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"Weight" is the first in a series of drawings, paintings and blind contours that investigate the plethora of emotions that fill the first year of being a mom. Each line in this piece, its form and character, is meant to symbolize my own navigation of new motherhood - chaotic but gaining structure.

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"Same Father, Same Roots" is an acknowledgement of our roots, where we come from as a people and our relationship to one another. It is a response to the division and individualism in today's contemporary American culture, and offers an image of interdependence within relationship rather than independence or dominance.

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About Lee

Baltimore City

Lee Nowell-Wilson is a representational figurative artist, originally from Maryland and currently based in Baltimore, MD. She earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011, and now works as a freelance painter and muralist. Primarily using oil paint and graphite, as well as house paint for outdoor urban art pieces, her work explores themes of relationship, vulnerability and identity, as she herself navigates different processes of life involving motherhood and womanhood... more

Full Communion

"Full Communion" is a current, on-going series of drawings, paintings and blind contours that investigate and document both the daily and monumental emotions that exist through out the first year of motherhood. Each piece navigates the realization of the full communion the artist has with her new daughter; scientific, emotional, literal and conceptual revelations of the connectivity between mom and baby. Through a broader view, it is a series that processes relationship, growth, identity and the full submission of one's desires in order to sustain and give life to another.

Individuals Abroad

Individuals Abroad is a series indoor and outdoor murals painted over a span of a year and a half as the artist lived and moved across 4 different countries, using the same 4 colors of house paint in each country. Each piece divulges the artist's observations of relational concepts within each culture. The portraits ask the series of questions: from what perspective do we view one another, how do we listen to each other, and how do we respond?

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