Lee Cliett is self-taught, and works in mixed media and acrylics. A life-long Philadelphia resident, she finds inspiration in the flotsam and jetsam of our lives—disposable objects like costume jewelry, whimsical knick-knacks, even personal memorabilia. The sometimes surreal juxtaposition of these elements becomes art with a sense of humor, art intended to make you smile, reassuring you that even when life can be bad, but there can always be absurdity and light-hearted incongruity. The items in her work are insignificant in themselves, but together they have an aesthetic and charm. In her process, Ms. Cliett repurposes these objects, often deconstructing knickknacks to create her paintings. They are given new life on canvas, often under a coat of resin.
Ms. Cliett does not name her paintings, believing that the true birth and identity of a painting occurs when a client is touched by a work and purchases it. Something in that painting, speaking to the purchaser, will tell them what to name it.