Ye Seung was born in Seoul and immigrated to the United States in 2006. She gained a master’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after graduating from Ewha Womans University and its graduate school. In America, Lee experienced a cultural gap and linguistic limitation and came to realize alienation and anxiety we experience in crowds make us view ourselves from the perspective of ‘the other’ and this became a key motif in her work. She works in a wide range of mediums from time-intensive analog mediums such as embroidery and drawing, from digital mediums like animation, video and interactive installation, to facilitate new modes of communication. Ye Seung has had five solo shows including “City with Inner Light” (Dukwon Gallery, Seoul) in 2001, and “Utopia in Chaos” (Chicago, USA) in 2011. She works to draw out the voice of the marginalized, such as first-generation elderly immigrants living in sanatoriums, and low-income classes in cities, through workshops. Lee was granted a Black Rock Arts Foundation grant, and CAAP cultural grant in 2010. She also works on a community-based project titled Shadow Stories: Changdong Silhouettes, with a grant as a long-term resident artist of the National Art Studio, Changdong in 2011.
Ye Seung Lee