Margaret Lee is an artist, curator, and dealer who is prolific among interconnected endeavors; she creates her own work, collaborates with other artists, and runs a New York City gallery space. Though thriving on constant collaboration with other artists, in her personal work Lee explores the idea of the readymade object, working by hand to create artwork that strays from mass-production. For example, in hand-painted replicas of potatoes, Lee individually cast the vegetables from single molds, thus preventing the creation of editions. She often assembles her objects in disparate pairs, such as a watermelon and a boot. Lee says her practice was greatly informed by Ed Ruscha's book Babycakes with Weights (1970), wherein he playfully juxtaposed an infant with succeeding pages of various cakes.