“I am interested in visualizing universal feelings that people feel while living in a foreign country such as otherness, longing, nostalgia, pleasure and struggle. I express how my thoughts are weaved with various sensory information and emotions by using various media such as threads, paint, pins, and Styrofoam. Thread, symbolizing intangible memory, merges with the physicality of paint, which represents my body. This is an expression of how my memory is embedded with my body, which possesses the history of my experience.” – Jihee Lee
Jihee Lee got her first undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Business Administration from Korea University in Seoul and her second degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a recipient of Hele E. Platt Blake Scholarship, Merit Award, and Art Coop Award. Her work has been exhibited at the Krannert Art Museum, GAIA Gallery in Los Angeles, Busey Wealth Management headquarters, Asian American Cultural Center, and Springer Cultural Center, among others. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Prairie Center of the Arts. Based on her practice, she has an online class on mixed media art.
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