Adrenalin is the hormone that gets you going when you most need it, and Darlene Lee's art is created to give you a similar burst of energy. Lately, she has been channelling her own energy into helping out at Harmony House, a shelter for abused women in Hong Kong. 'I not only have the luxury of having a job, but also having time to pursue my passion for art, whereas I feel like a lot of women don't really have those opportunities. For me to tie the two together and have the proceeds of the show go to the Harmony House is my way of saying I've been lucky.' Lee's paintings, exhibited at the Nokia Gallery under the title Adrenalin, are acrylic on canvas, with objects she collects layered on to the surface. They have a child-like quality (many handprints abound) - it's as if she uses the paints straight from the tube - and the colouring is strong, bold and unadulterated. Lee uses the packaging from items she considers 'indulgences', such as cigarette packets, beer labels, gift packaging, ribbons, make-up labels, chocolate wrappers - things that remind her of pleasure or having fun. 'It's a different way to look at packaging - they are beautiful if you look at them in a certain way. It's a different perspective, and has new value. I give them a chance to live again.' But despite her canvases and collages being a depository for her emotions, there is still something restrained about Lee's work. She admits her background as an Asian-American hasn't allowed her to make art the primary focus of her life. 'It's important for art to have a kind of lightness, because too much art is a self-imposed distance. I see art as a part of everything, it just may not happen to be expressed in acrylic.' Her favourite artists are people who have created environments steeped in their outlook on life, like architects Antoni Gaudi or Friedensreich Hundertwasser, as well as 'any artist that has a sense of humour about themselves'. Adrenalin runs from August 3 to September 13. Monday to Saturday, noon-9.00pm. Nokia Gallery, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. Tel: 2521 1751.