Lee was born in Malaysia and came to England as
a student in the early 1970’s. She travelled
widely and lived for several years in Saudi Arabia.
She was trained in ceramics and worked as a potter
and a sculptor, concentrating on figurative works.
In 1990 Jessie returned to college
to study painting and drawing. She received new
inspiration from the medium of printmaking, particularly
monoprinting and collography. She finds the immediacy
and spontaneity of this medium fresh and exciting,
although her training in ceramics is still apparent
in her use of different textures.
With her latest work she has moved
away from figurative and towards more abstract
images. Many of her prints contain echoes of her
experiences; from her childhood in Malaysia, which
has a particularly rich cultural and natural visual
environment; from seven years spent in Saudi Arabia
where she appreciated the textures and stillness
of the desert landscape; from her travels in China
and Outer Mongolia.