November 18, 2021 – February 6, 2022
Mezzanine Gallery, 2nd Floor
Opening Reception (Free to Members, no registration) Nov 18, 5-8pm

New Island exists on a slightly different plane of reality. It’s in the realm of imagination, but also on maps, in books, online, and has a national flag and coin. The Island is situated in the Indian Ocean 960 miles west of Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia. Enter New Island at TMA as artist Lee Mothes shares his seminal work, 30 years of creating New Island with fully detailed maps, visitor’s guides, and paintings of the island’s picturesque scenery.

“I like to think of New Island as a place that just is. It’s about what I believe – where people can more or less get along together, feel safe, and not wreck the planet in the process. The Islanders just are.”

Visitors can also explore a virtual reality experience, inspired by Lee Mothes’ New Island works, created by Tom Thiel.

About the Artist

Lee Mothes (Kaukauna) shares his seminal work, New Island, 30 years of creating an imaginary island with fully detailed maps, visitor’s guides, and paintings of the island’s picturesque scenery. He makes currency, knows the rainfall, collects sand from the local beaches, and sells property on the island. Lee also wrote a young adult novel set on New Island.

Lee 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 ongoing imaginary island-nation in the Indian Ocean that has inspired Lee since 1992.