Aaryn Lee is an interdisciplinary visual artist practicing in drawing, mixed-media, printmaking, installation, projection, time-based media, and performance. Her works tend to be repetitive in nature, somber in mood, and characterized by muted overcast tones that reflect her Pacific Northwest roots. Central to her artistic vision are themes of memory, ritual, body dysmorphia, and the female body.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Aaryn has been based in Huntsville, Alabama, since 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art: Art History with a Studio Concentration in 2012 from Portland State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art in 2022 from Lesley Art + Design, where she was awarded the Stauch-Mosse Merit Scholarship. Aaryn has exhibited her work widely in solo and group exhibitions at venues such as the Gadsden Museum of Art, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, The Lunder Arts Center, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, Huntsville Hospital, and Gallery 1:11.
Aaryn Lee is also an art educator, teaching drawing foundations and three-dimensional design at The University of Alabama and the University of North Alabama. Additionally, she is passionate about empowering emerging and established artists in North Alabama, which led her to found No'Ala Crit, a critique group that supports and encourages artists to share their work and ideas. Aaryn's approach in art making, teaching, and critiquing is rooted in experimentation, process, and inclusivity.