Lee Jaffe

Lee Jaffe first came to international prominence in the 1980s with his large scale, multi-media historical assemblage works. His chosen themes are controversial and visionary, an exploration of the world's urgently changing internal circumstances. His genius lies in his quest to overcome the dogma of any single classification, treating topics in all fields including the exploitation of the black performer in America, the cruelty of the fur industry, the relationship of the Native American to his environment, the ambiguity of America's traitors. Lee Jaffe combs communal history for universal deficiencies, searching not to reconcile, but to bring light from a different direction. Lee Jaffe's works are especially memorable for their unique use of materials, often combining poetry, sculpture, sound, and found objects with media and technology. Many of his pieces are interactive, crossing the line that divides a performer from his audience. Prior to this period of art production Lee Jaffe played a unique role in the history and early international recognition of Reggae music and culture. Lee Jaffe lived with Bob Marley in Jamaica for three years and was a member of The Wailers playing harmonica.