Through her artwork, Sandra Eula Lee explores links between urban and rural development and the effects it has on residents. She incorporates industrial materials collected from the demolition and combines them with traditional handmade processes from domestic life, such as gardening, weaving, and cooking. An example is her work Seeds in a wild garden, made in Seoul, South Korea, where she collected construction rubble and painted them in the colors of the local gardens.
Lee's work has been exhibited internationally, including a 10-year survey at The Hilliard Museum in Lafayette, LA; Art Space Pool in Seoul, South Korea; the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Inside-Out Museum in Beijing; DadaPost in Berlin; Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University; Smack Mellon in Brooklyn; Goucher College in Baltimore; and recently at the Delaware Contemporary and Ethan Cohen KuBe in NY.
Lee’s work has been discussed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, ArtNet Magazine, Boston Globe, Harper’s Bazaar Seoul, and World Journal. Her work has been supported by the Asian Cultural Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Elizabeth Foundation (all NYC), the Mellon Foundation, and recently NJSCA / Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Residencies include Seoul Museum of Art, the American Academy in Rome, the Chinese-European Art Center, National Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Vermont Studio Center, and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark.
Through her interdisciplinary teaching, Lee helps students connect their concerns with the artwork they make, revealing the potential that creative response offers in the face of urgent conditions. At the core lies a critical look at our built environment and 'making' as a way of engaging and reimaginging the world around us. Previous teaching posts include Assistant Professor of Art at Kenyon College (2015-18), University of the Arts London (2011-14), and Hunter College, The City University of New York (2008-9). Recent Visiting Artist talks include Pace University, New York, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and the College Art Association 2021 Conference.
MFA, Hunter College, The City University of New York (Sculpture / Combined Media)
BFA, Cornell University, School of Architecture, Art, and Planning (Sculpture / Photography)