Ke-Sook Lee(Oh) is known for fiber installation and hand embroidered drawing works exploring abstraction and domestic themes. She was born in Seoul, Korea in 1941 and moved to the US in 1964. She earned a BFA in Applied Art from Seoul National University 1963, and her second BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1982. She holds 20 Solo Shows including 5 in the George Billis Gallery in New York City. 92 Group Exhibitions which include the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Riverside Museum of Art, LA, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Art Alliance and also International exhibitions held in Berlin, London, Paris, Florence, Ireland and Seoul.

"By recording non-text- based imagery that speaks concerns, dreams and fears of past generations of women inn Korea, her narrative memories take on universal significance as commentary on the role of women, in the domestic arena..."
Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2007

"Lee's conceptual installations convey a thoughtful declaration of endurance and grace born from, and in the artist's words, "seedpods filled with dreams".
Material Girl, Riverside Museum, Los Angles, CA, 2007

Sprout garden toil

Drawing is pure,
a trace of honest heart
which poured out of passion with spontaneity from our soul.

Exploring mark making devises from everyday life
familiar marks of dot, line and
shadow,
drawing opens boundary of art making.

Thread dot, burnt marks, cutout shape, wrinkled surface, spilled spots
hanging thread, mended lines, tangled thread form, dancing thread lines
one by one sprouted life,
woman’s dream
fragile weight, crumble down, getting up, walking,
growing again
my dream

Rice paper and recycled vintage household linen holds trace of adaptation
of mark making devices from mundane life experience
holding, wrinkling, stitching, mending
leaving endless shapes and forms in space and times,
a process of cultivating sprouts
a garden toils
a woman’s dream space.

Ke-Sook Lee
11.5.2015


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