D. Lee

D. Lee (Debra Osborne) makes paintings, drawings and mixed media artworks. By using an ever-growing archive of found documents to create autonomous artworks, Osborne reflects on the closely-related subjects of archive and memory. This often results in an examination of both the human need for ‘conclusive’ stories and the question whether anecdotes ‘fictionalize’ history.


email: d4safety@gmail.com


My paintings are an investigation of concepts such as authenticity and objectivity by using an encyclopedic approach and quasi-scientific precision and by referencing documentaries, ‘fact-fiction’ and popular scientific equivalents.

By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, I create work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, and by telling a story or creating a metaphor.

My works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in painting.

With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, I often create work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

My works are characterized by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middle class mentality in which recognition plays an important role.

D. Lee (Debra Osborne) currently lives and works in Wyalusing.