Lee (b. 1979) was born in Seoul, South Korea. She works primarily in the mediums of video, new media, installation art, and experimental film. Her artwork focuses on portraying an individual’s experience of psychological and physical trauma in a poetic narrative. She is especially interested in exploring these traumas by creating bodily and cinematic experiences and spatializing fragmented narratives in the form of interactive and immersive environments.
Lee’s work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions, and her films have been screened in the United States and internationally in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the Netherlands. Her recent projects were invited to Currents New Media Festival and SXSW 2018. She recently received dARTboard 2014 award at the Vilcek Foundation in New York, and is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Goldberger Graduate Research Fellowship at Stony Brook University in New York, and others. She received a Ph.D from the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Art (DXARTS) at the University of Washington, and is currently an Assistant professor in Film and Media Arts at the University of Utah.
The subject of my work aspires to represent the varied meaning of individual experiences of psychological and physical trauma. In my early video work, the visual narratives were to explore my perspectives and experiences of being a foreigner(stranger), dealing with the stereotype of an asian woman, on diaspora, and womanhood. In the series of video work, a female figure performs a series of gestures in an alien and constructed space. With my digital images and videos, this environment has included some ready-made visual textures or everyday objects that are both attractive and repulsive at the same time. When juxtaposed, these images do not have obvious symbolic overtones or even logical connections, but I hope it will create an immediate bodily sensation in the viewer. I believe that this quality makes my work dream-like (or nightmarish) and psychological. In the form of non-linear story telling, I attempt to address the power relationships through visual allusions to forms of pain, violence, repression of female sexuality and experience, melancholy, death, pain, and violence in the contemporary world. In the past years, I focus on developing methods to represent the themes and narratives with emerging technology to create embodied and immersive cinematic experiences.