Safari Lee uses film, music and objects to explore the odd and the other.
In 2019, Safari completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) at the University of Sydney’s Sydney College of the Arts, majoring in Screen Arts with additional electives from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Safari is particularly grateful to the family of Jerome de Costa and Zelda Stedman for the four scholarships she received during her studies.
Safari’s first job after school was as a trumpet player in a Latin American ensemble named Musico Groupo Caribe. She also played double bass in an orchestra as a child, which led to the transition to fretless electric bass. Safari has been playing in bands with Lazy Susan’s Paul Andrews and Alannah Russack of The Hummingbirds, both of whom Safari has greatly respected for many years and is thrilled to join on stage. She also appears on The Aerial Maps latest album. Her songwriting, like her musical taste is hard to pin like a moth on an entomologist’s board. Rather, it flaps around, bumping into the lightglobe of pop, then flops down to catch breath in the shadows of grunge. She does like fabulous oddballs and quirksters, from the B52’s, Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Elvis Costello.
Never keeping still, Safari has expressed herself in a variety of fields, having owned a bookstore for animals and wildlife rehabilitation called “Beastie Books”, apprenticed as a fine jeweller, worked as a concrete truck driver and also spent some years as a professional administer of pleasure and pain. Creativity and adventure has always needed to be expressed and released, like bees in her chest.
Safari’s short films have been selected for screening at international film festivals and she is currently working on her first album and accompanying video clips.
Read Safari’s art CV.