is an artist, illustrator and designer based in Portland, Oregon. Lee's work centers around race, mental health and anxiety
. Lee's most recent book, A Wretch Like Me: Sad/Black/Ugly/Queer
is moving to say the least, and is what caught the attention of Blavity's Creative Society to highlight their work. Read the interview below for more information on Lee and their work
Blavity: When did you decide that drawing would be your chosen medium of art?
Honestly I used to draw Ren and Stimpy
and Hey Arnold!
fan fic cartoons when I was like 6 or 7. That's how I started drawing on my own. When I grew older, I just learned to love the variety of drawing. I love that I can draw anywhere with so many different things and ways
B: As a fan of your work, your art feels like resistance. Do you draw with resistance in mind? Or is your creative process more therapeutic and cathartic?
The resistance is just making the art after years of being told I couldn't draw the right way and dealing with white micro-aggressions that implied what I had to say wasn't important or is me just pulling the race card. It's both therapeutic and cathartic to let myself speak in some way. Growing up a black woman I felt I was either losing my voice to being silenced constantly or from trying to literally scream to the world I was a real person, and so its nice to have something no one can take