Sandra Eula Lee: Make of / Make do assesses this artist’s production to date, bringing together works from 2000-12, such as the Portable Ponds and Portable Gardens, that first put her on the map internationally as an artist with her most recent production of 2015-17. Lee makes use of ordinary and at times site-specific materials to construct experimental, visually and corporeally vivid three- and two- dimensional arrangements.
Sandra Eula Lee heads the Expanded Sculpture program at Kenyon College. Principally a sculptor, Lee works in both three- and two-dimensional formats. Lee is especially interested in using materials salvaged from construction sites during her travels in Korea, China, and the U.S. to make works exploring the theme of “the garden”—a traditional East Asian motif she, as a Korean-American artist, subjects to contemporary interpretation.
Whether it be Ji’s imaginative renderings of the effects of the massive Three Gorges Dam initiative in contemporary China or Lee’s attempts to configure a space for reflection within everyday life and to negotiate matters of cultural identity amidst the rapid rate of development and change she has witnessed in recent years as a traveler to and resident of urban locales in Korea, China, and the United States and, more recently, suburban and rural areas too, both of these artists make precise, yet open works that delve into matters of locality and landscape within a globalcontext.
Yun-Fei Ji: Looking for Lehman Brothers and Sandra Eula Lee: Make of / Make do was guest curated by Dr. Christopher Bennett, UL Art History professor in the Department of Visual Art. It is generously supported by the College of the Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website