The work of local artist Rebecca Lee, which will be featured at the Lamplight Art Gallery in Bountiful (170 S. Main) now through the end of September, is a celebration of that kind of attention.
Lee’s work largely consists of still lifes, assembling what would otherwise be innocuous objects and giving them what feels like brand-new life. Her fruits and vegetables seem to almost glow from within, their colors far brighter and richer than I ever remember fruit being. I’ve heard plants sometimes described as nature’s jewels, and after being seen through Lee’s eyes they clearly deserve the honor.
Some of her newer work for the exhibit features close studies of simple wooden chairs, standing next to a wall with a potted plant of some kind sitting beside it. The wood has the same highly polished sheen as the skin of her vegetables, making it look just as touchable, while the cushion carries just the barest suggestion of velvety softness.
What’s almost more fun about the chair paintings, however, is the sense of personality they carry. It seems utterly impossible that the chairs would be in the same house, everything from the shapes of the seats to the walls behind them coming together to show an entirely different view of the world.
You just have to look closely enough.