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Lee Emma Running

Of her most recent body of work Lee Emma Running writes, "My home in Central Iowa is 6 miles from Interstate 80. Here the deer herd numbers 400,000. They were nearly hunted to extinction in 1900. Now, with no natural predators the animals feed and shelter in endless rows of feed corn. In my agricultural state they are both vermin and trophy.

Year round, the highways are littered with road kill. In the early spring I walk creek beds and ditches to retrieve their bones washed away and cleaned by vultures and insects. The incomplete nature of these skeletons carry evidence of the automobiles that struck them and the gnawed marks of the scavengers they sustained.

I polish the bones to a porcelain shine and then engrave an image of a lacy network onto their surface. With a jeweler’s tool, I carve the bones and remove the marrow from their core. Once hollow and clean I gild the internal chamber with 24 karat gold. I am building a precious relic of something silent and wild that lives and dies by our agriculture, our economies, and our speed."
 
Everything I create investigates the beauty and complexity of natural phenomena. I use the simple tools of projection, tracing, stenciling and cutting to identify and expand characteristics of biological ephemera. I utilize both close handwork and digital manipulation to inspect found detritus like a twist of animal hair, a network of leaf veins or a cluster of roots. Transforming the scale of these bits of nature reveals their intricate networks, and identifies the universal nature inherent within them. 
 
Lee is an Associate Professor of Art at Grinnell College. She has shown her work at many venues across the country and was awarded a major site-specific commission at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Lee has completed residencies at Jentel Artists Residency in Wyoming and The Vermont Studio Center. She holds a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.
 
To view more of Lee Emma’s work visit her personal website at http://leeemmarunning.org

 

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LITTLE BLUE STEM STUDY
Media: Graphite on paper
Dimensions: 30 x 41
Price: $850.00
LITTLE BLUE STEM STUDY 2
Media: Graphite on paper
Dimensions: 30 x 41
Price: $850.00
WATER CATALYST 6
Media: Rust & walnut dye on paper
Dimensions: 32 x 36
Price: $1,200.00

WATER CATALYST 4
Media: Rust & walnut dye on paper
Dimensions: 32 x 36
Price: $1,200.00
WATER CATALYST 2
Media: Rust & walnut dye on paper
Dimensions: 32 x 36
Price: $1,200.00
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