Lee Mothes, a Kaukauna artist, grew up on the California coast and began drawing beaches, waves and imaginary places while still in grade school. He later built a house two blocks from the ocean on the Oregon coast, and there he began creating paintings and drawings that began to say something about the ocean.
New Island is an Island created by Lee Mothes and exists on a slightly different plane of reality. This ongoing imaginary island-nation in the Indian Ocean has long-inspired Lee. His catalogue of paintings, drawing, maps, created since 1992 will be found at TMA.
Visitors to the exhibition can explore a virtual reality experience created by Tom Thiel and inspired by Lee Mothes’ New Island works.