Artist's Statement

Hye Lee is a Korean artist whose artistic voice accrued from the cultural soils of Asia, Europe and the US. In her teens she left her native land and moved to Vienna, Austria. This initial exposure to foreign language and culture, led to various linguistic and cultural struggles which left a deep impression on her. After attaining an International Baccalaureate(IB) she developed her artistic voice further in the UK and America. She received a Foundation Degree in Fine Art from the Central St. Martins in London, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the Oxford University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Fine Art in Teaching from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Her artistic sensitivity towards materials grew during this rapid geographical unsettlement. She was especially interested in objects left behind as traces, such as egg shells or marks of time on wooden surfaces. The poetic symbolism she found in objects would be woven into the artist’s own personal narratives in her artworks. Some of the central themes in her artworks include the 'Meaning of Leaving Home Behind', 'Meaning of having to Rebuild a Home', 'Structure of Memory', 'Cultural and Poetic Narratives of Materials'. 

Playfulness as a creative mode of being is a key condition in her artworks. Hye Lee applies artistic techniques and games from her childhood to her sculptures and fine art prints. These includes origami, papier-mâché and children’s games such as ‘pass the parcel’. Her interest in understanding playfulness as an active mode of creativity was explored further in her MFA thesis: “Playing Seriously: Potential Space in High School Classrooms.”

Her artworks were exhibited in Europe as well as in America. Her most recent exhibitions took places at the International Print Center of NY(USA), Leicester Print Workshop(UK) and Seacourt Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Northern Ireland). 

Currently she is attending Art History at Vienna University, Austria, while working with the Artist Book Publishing Association, Taumatropo.