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 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.