Tanya Lee

Hatched Alumni: 2009

Tanya Lee is a Western Australian artist currently living in the Kimberley. Her cross-disciplinary practice happens across sculpture, live performance video and drawing. Her playful work constructs incongruous, farcical and even futile narratives with costumes, shelters and tasks that subvert the politics of everyday personal and social landscapes.

The outcomes of Lee’s practice are diverse and exist on multiple platforms such as large scale public participatory performance Landing which toured to major national festivals including Dark MoFo 2018. She collaborated on the children’s theatre piece Every Day Super Hero with Alex Desebrock in 2020 touring the show to Karratha in 2021 and has worked along side pvi collective to present their works tiny revolutions and deviator.  Her video work and drawings have been shown in national institutions including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre.

Tanya currently lectures at North Regional TAFE and facilitates workshops around the Kimberley including working with the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing and Nagula Jarndu Womens Arts and Resource Centre in Broome.


What does Hatched mean to you?’

I remember being thrilled that I got to put some work into Hatched when I had finished uni. It was recognition for so much hard work that year! It was exciting to meet the other artists from interstate and hear them talk about their own projects, things that they struggled with or had really nailed. Everyone being in a similar space of starting to push their own practices and really getting success with articulating some of their ideas. I see Hatched now as this fascinating window into what beautiful things and ways of seeing are emerging out of art school across Australia.