Rachel Lee’s work examines coping mechanisms from childhood; her visual references pull from ’90s alternative music, video games, and the Miami suburbs. Growing up, Lee spent more time daydreaming through Nintendo franchises and rock albums than living in real time due to being homeschooled. This habit has stayed with her through adulthood. Landscape paintings depict the suburbs, interrupted by polygons and music video-stills. Lee's paintings are a process of accepting the insolation and dissociation she experienced growing up, while manifesting where she wanted to be.
Lee lives and works in Miami, FL. Her studio practice focuses on painting, inspired by the DIY work ethic of American punk/alternative rock musicians, the aesthetics of ’90s video game graphics and the memories attached to them.