Ms. Eva Lee   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Indo-Tibetan Mandalas: Blueprints for Discovering the
Nature of Mind and Reality"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: At-Large, CT
Host Institution in India: University of Delhi, Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: August 2013
Duration of grant: Six months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Eva Lee is an artist and experimental filmmaker. She is inspired by what mind isand how one understands phenomena. This has led her to study Buddhist philosophy and to follow new developments in neuroscience of the brain. Ms. Lee's current works are informed by both Eastern philosophical and Western scientific views of consciousness. She has collaborated with neuroscientists to explore creative approaches to scientific visualization. In one project with Dr. James Coan of University of Virginia, Ms. Lee animated Dr. Coan's data on the brain basis of emotions as 3D landscapes. The working idea was to make inner subjective states visible as external topography.

Born and raised in New York City, Ms. Lee studied painting at Bard College (BA, 1987) and Hunter College (MFA, 2000). Her work includes original drawings, animations, video installations and archival digital prints. She has exhibited at galleries and museums nationally, including The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The DeCordova Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum, Bronx Museum for the Arts and Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Her animations have screened internationally at venues such as BBC Big Screen Liverpool and Streaming Festival. Awards include fellowships from Asian Cultural Council, Mind & Life Summer Research Institute, Connecticut Commission on Culture and The MacDowell Colony. Her work is in the collections of Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut Artists Collection, City of Tampa Public Art Collection, City University of New York Hunter College, Meditech and Louisiana Art & Science Museum. She is represented inTribeca Film Institute Reframe Collection where selected experimental film titles are available.

Ms. Lee's Fulbright project will examine the roots of Buddhist tantric practice and visual culture in the Himalayas. Specifically, she seeks first-hand experience with wall murals in monasteries, and the people who utilize them in rituals, for an in-depth understanding of mandalas in meditative use. The aim is to gain an immersive understanding of Buddhist teachings and find inspiration for new interdisciplinary creative work. She additionally hopes to share the continued relevance of mandala images for discovering the nature of mind and reality, in order to promote positive engagement with an increasingly cross-cultural, global community.