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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Wood: Armored Crab
Michael Lee

Michael Lee

(born Honolulu, HI 1960)

Michael Lee lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, and his heavily carved sculptures are inspired by plants, sea creatures, and fossils. He gouges dramatic curves into roughly turned forms using traditional Hawaiian tools, then carves sweeping lines and patterns of dots into the surface of the wood. Along with his expressive sculptures of plants and animals, Lee enjoys turning “aesthetically appealing” production ware, including clocks, vases, and bowls.

Image Credits: Courtesy Michael Lee.