Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee, co-founders of RE:site, explore notions of community, identity, and narrative in the context of public space. They create dynamic, multi-layered works that exist somewhere between art, architecture, and landscape. Shane and Norman draw on a site’s cultural landscape to generate strong narrative concepts that resonate with local meanings, but also transform the familiar. Their work is about making unseen connections between themes and ideas that converge in a site-specific context.
With a degree in fine arts and 20 years of extensive work designing interpretive spaces and interactives for numerous cultural institutions, Shane bridges the disciplines of visual communication, art, and experience design. Her collaborative work spans a range of projects from comprehensive environmental graphics to art installations, including large scale murals, sculpture, painting, wayfinding, and media design. As a visual storyteller, Shane is interested in narrative of place, as a point of departure for creating a public art experience that reflects the social character of a community. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bellingham Herald, Texas Monthly, GD USA, SEGDdesign, Icograda, the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Fort Worth Star and Texas Architect.
Norman began his career as a designer of interpretive environments. In 2003, Norman was named a finalist in the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition. In the largest design competition in history, his concept Votives in Suspension was selected from an international field of 5,201 submissions representing 49 states and 63 nations. Norman holds Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied art history, psychology, and museum studies. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Appeal, SEGDdesign, USA Today, Architectural Record, Art in America, ARTnews, Imagining Ground Zero, and Texas Architect.