VENUE: UNSW GALLERIES
A list of questions to ask oneself in spiralling moments, and in a quest to become more self-aware during anxious moments.
Crisis Questions, 2018
Gouache and Ink on Bristol
A series of ten images
Do you need to eat? Are you wearing your tight binder? “Crisis Questions” were devised as a list to ask oneself in spiralling moments, to check off (and attend to) some of the simpler reasons that the world feels like it’s caving in. Part of a larger quest to become more self-aware during anxious moments, these questions have been a way to gently prod at myself to cover the basics.
Comics have always been a chance for me to take bites out of the heavier things, and chew them down into something potentially silly, potentially funny, potentially manageable. Drawing anxious figures has been a consistent part of my practise for years. Perhaps it’s exorcising some of that energy– creating these lovely bodies with haggard, furtive eyes and sweaty faces, writhing in the discomfort of having a body. Or perhaps they’re just keeping me company.
Lee Lai is from Naarm (Melbourne), Australia, and currently makes comics and illustrations in Tio’tia:ke (known as Montreal, Quebec).
Her work is part memoir, part fiction– stories about intimacy, families and food. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, The Lifted Brow, Room Magazine, and Everyday Feminism.