As an artist-educator, experiences living in urban and rural areas ground how I think about the built environment and handling of the material world. I look at how objects are made and consumed, noting their different lifespans considering cultural context. I’m interested in the ethics of making, from hand-made to manufactured objects, and the meaning that can be conveyed through the act of making and sharing this joy with others.
Through my interdisciplinary teaching, I help 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 positions include Kenyon College, University of the Arts London, and Hunter College, CUNY. Recent Visiting Artist talks include Pace University, New York; Muhlenberg College, PA; University of Louisiana, Lafayette; College Art Association Conference; and FATE: Infrastructure, UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture.
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.
Her work has been discussed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, ArtNet Magazine, Boston Globe, Harper’s Bazaar Seoul, and World Journal. Lee's work has been supported by the Asian Cultural Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Elizabeth Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and recently NJSCA / Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Residencies include Seoul Museum of Art, the American Academy in Rome, National Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea, Chinese-European Art Center, Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Vermont Studio Center.
Artwork | Artist Talk at The Phillips Museum
MFA, Hunter College, The City University of New York (Sculpture / Combined Media)
BFA, Cornell University, School of Architecture, Art, and Planning (Sculpture / Photography)