I am attracted to small things, natural or man-made, that are often considered insignificant, disposable, or threatening. The beauty of a thorn may not be obvious, but once it is removed from its natural context, we are forced to acknowledge its graceful shape. A shard of soap is easily dismissed as part of the detritus of everyday life, but once it is transformed into a silver pin, we cannot help but appreciate its sensuous form, one that has been sculpted by water, time, and touch. My aim here, as in most of my work, is to transform something that might be overlooked or discarded into something that provides joy.
Lee’s sculpture has been exhibited at P.S. 122 Gallery in New York City, the Wetsman Collection in Birmingham, Michigan, Nine Gallery in Portland, Oregon, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, and Ibu Gallery in Paris.
Her decorative work has been featured in The New York Times, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Paper Magazine, Bloom, The Wall Street Journal, and Ruth Peltason’s Living Jewels: Masterpieces From Nature (The Vendome Press). You can find it at these locations.