In Daniel Lie’s work time is the central pillar of reflection. From the oldest and most affective memory – involving family and personal stories – to memories objects transport enduring the world over longest time scales; the work is inspired by the period of a lifetime and the duration and states of the elements.
Through installations, sculptures, and the hybridization of art languages, the objects refer to concepts stemming from the art of performance itself – an art which is based on time, ephemerality, and presence. To highlight these three instances, Lie produces installations that have the presence of other-than-humans elements such as decaying matter, growing plants, fungi revealing the time they contain as it relates with the human body.
The research faces tensions between science and religion, ancestry and present, rottenness and freshness, life and death and attempts to break binary thought. Daniel Lie is a gender non-conforming Indonesian-Brazilian artist, born in Sao Paulo and is currently based in Berlin.
To uncomplicatedly enunciate and hyphenate the manifold concentrations of Daniel Lie’s practice would be to miss the artist’s durational engagement with their complexities. Intimately coiled, these lifelong preoccupations are at the heart of the artist’s experience of the world.