Work by Crafts Professor/Alumna Featured at Eastern Illinois University

'Symbiosis: An Installation by Mi-Kyoung Lee' on display through Feb. 24 at EIU's Tarble Arts Center

January 24, 2013

Work by Mi-Kyoung Lee MFA '96 (Book Arts/Printmaking), associate professor of Crafts and head of Fibers at the University of the Arts, is featured at Eastern Illinois University's Tarble Arts Center in Charleston, Ill. On display through February 24, "Symbiosis: An Installation by Mi-Kyoung Lee" was created on site during her residency there at the beginning of January.

Detail of untitled sculpture from Lee's "Symbiosis" installation; twist-ties and zip-ties.

The exhibit, which opened with an artist talk and reception on January 11, is part of EIU's New & Emerging Artists Series program co-sponsored with the university's Art department.

Lee's sculptures look organic in form, but are made using common, manufactured materials such as twist-ties, zip-ties and pipe-cleaners. Her art symbolically explores the relationship between the man-made and the synthetic, humankind and the environment, and between social constructs and natural order. Her repetitive processes echo age-old fibers techniques, such as knitting and weaving, and rhythmic life-forces, like the movement of the tides and changes in seasons.

Installation view of "Symbiosis."

Her art has been exhibited in Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Busan (Korea), Alsace (France), and many other locations. She has had articles published in Design magazine and the Michigan Korean Journal, regularly contributes essays to the Korean monthly magazine Crart, and was the editor for Art Textile of the World: Korea.

In addition to her MFA from UArts, Lee holds an MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and a BFA in Fibers from Dong-A University in Busan, Korea.

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