Biography

LEE MUSSELMAN

SCULPTOR, FABRIC & INSTALLATION ARTIST

BEING AN ARTIST AND A GAY WHITE MALE, MY LIFE STYLE IS, AT TIMES, ON THE CUTTING EDGE. MY ART COMES FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE. IT HELPS ME UNDERSTAND AND HEAL SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE, TO GET PAST THEM AND TO WORK THROUGH THEM AND, IF LUCKY, HELP OTHER PEOPLE MOVE THROUGH THEIR OWN SITUATIONS.

I KEEP ART SUPPLIES AND FOUND OBJECTS AND IDEAS FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE USING THEM, CARRYING THEM WHEREVER I GO – FROM MICHIGAN TO PROVINCETOWN; FROM PROVINCETOWN TO AFRICA; FROM PROVINCETOWN TO NEW YORK OR WASHINGTON, D.C., AND THEN BACK AGAIN.

THE RAWNESS OF OLD MATERIALS – METAL, BONES, FEATHERS, SNAKESKIN, BABY DOLLS, BABY DOLL HEADS, FABRIC, BOXES OF BUTTONS, TOOLS – JUST HAVING THEM AROUND FEEDS THE ARTISTIC SOUL. I AM A STORYTELLER WITH MY ART. IF BY CHANCE WHATEVER I MAKE IS SAD TO THE VIEWERS EYE, IT IS NOT MY GOAL OF CREATION. MY GOAL IS TO OFFER HOPE AND HONOR THE POSSABILITY OF CHANGE IN LIFE. ART IS A WAY PEOPLE RELATE TO EACH OTHER. ARTISTS DOCUMENT AND EXPOSE THE TRUTH ABOUT TODAY’S HISTORY TO SHOW PEOPLE A DIFFERENT WAY TO LOOK, FEEL & LISTEN. ART FEEDS OUR EMOTIONS, HEELS THE TRUTH, AND BRINGS PEACE TO THE MIND.

FROM BEING HOMELESS IN THE EARLY 80s, I CREATED A SHOW ENTITLED “WITHOUT A HOME”, AN INSTALLATION PIECE EXHIBITED AT THE CORTLAND JESSUP GALLERY, FALL, 1991. I DOCUMENTED WHAT HAPPENED AROUND ME AND IN MY OWN EXPERIENCES LIVING ON THE STREET. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE LIVING A THIRD WORLD LIFE STYLE IN THE U.S. WE’RE LIVING IN A TIME OF AWARNESS, KNOWING THE IMPORTANCE OF CHANGE TOWARDS PEOPLE OF COLOR, GAYS AND WOMEN. WE’RE ALL TEACHERS FOR EACH OTHER.