1. Devon Lee

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1. Devon Lee

Devon Lee is a Trinidad-born artist who creates visually explosive work inspired by the Internet. After moving to unincorporated Dade in the summer of her 12th year, Lee struggled to fit in with her peers. In order to assimilate, the artist joined the A/V club and helped create a horror film, which was eventually shortlisted in the New York Underground Film Festival. Although the club's entry didn't win, one of its other shorts, "Are You Feeling Lonely? Why, Yes. I Am." was featured at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

After graduating from the Cooper Union in New York, Lee moved back to Miami and worked as an office administrator, doing data entry to support her family, but mostly surfing the web. At night, she sang in a cover band for weddings and bar mitzvahs, all while building a rewarding career as a fine artist.

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In the past three years, Lee has made strides as a creative force on the international art scene. She has had three solo shows, exhibiting from Venice to São Paulo. Deeply inspired by how subcultures use the Internet, Lee has formed an acclaimed and hard-to-follow body of work. Her website is in itself a work of art. Many of her projects are rooted in the phrase "I feel like 'life' left me behind a long time ago."

When Lee isn't switching flights from London to Paris, she's working on her animal hat line, Powwow. The hats are inspired by her love of chinchillas, and a portion of the proceeds goes to matching chinchillas with poor, cold children in the Third World. 


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1. List five things that inspire you.

- The Internet
- Brainstorming with my girls
- Break-up text messages (dislike button)
"Da club"
- Kittens, not puppies

2. What was your last big project?

After my last solo show in Madrid, I was asked by some friends to design the album cover for hahahelp, a local band. I was thrilled to work on it, and I'm very excited with the end result. They're my favorite local band. 

3. What's your next big project?

I'm organizing an online artists' exhibition space entitled "metameta.net." It's like the Internet inside the Internet.

4. Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do because I couldn't imagine doing anything else. To be. To know. To challenge. To learn. To experience. To resist. To  never stop. To keep going. Or as Pitbull would say, "I ain't got time for no games!"

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?

I'm not just an artist; I'm a real person too.

6. What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

I still love Ma$e and Korn.

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