SEULGI LEE

Born in 1972 in Séoul, South Korea
Lives and works in Bagnolet, France
http://www.seulgilee.org/

 

Seulgi Lee has developed a unique artistic practice that is immediately recognisable for its use of colour, gesture, simple but elegant forms and performance. In her work, she continually explores ordinary objects, everyday language and natural forms through sculptures or installations that are distinguished by a formal aesthetic. Despite (or perhaps because of) her deference to bright, cheerful colours, Lee has described her sculptural practice as utilitarian, invariably linked to the power, fragility and contingency of the body: her works are tools, available at hand, used by those who are close. She is particularly interested in folk crafts and enjoys collaborating with master craftsmen, such as Korean quilters from Tongyeong and traditional basket makers from Mexico. Her artworks often employ a more user-friendly vocabulary to describe craft and challenge arbitrary distinctions between a formal, polished sculptural syntax and a more popular design or aesthetic…

In 2020, Seulgi Lee was awarded the Korea Artist Prize for her work presented at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. Previously, she has collaborated with the Manufacture des Gobelins du Mobilier National, exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Jousse Entreprise gallery has also presented her work at FIAC, Art Montecarlo and PAD London.

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