Sandra Eula Lee’s work is inspired by the temporary structures built by residents in Beijing where neighborhoods underwent constant demolition and relocation of communities. These structures include make-shift stands, small ‘impromptu’ gardens, and improvised spaces. Her installation pays tribute to the enduring human spirit found in these everyday creative acts.
Lee draws upon centuries-old Asian garden design for her sculptures and installation. However, in her garden hacks, rock and bamboo coexist with chunks of asphalt, concrete, and other industrial materials of construction. Hand-made containers of Korean spices and fermented vegetables connect with transformative potential.
This presentation includes works Lee created in Seoul, Beijing, and Gambier, Ohio.
The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
Image: Sandra Eula Lee, Detail: Ferment / Foment, 2018. Variable dimensions. Bamboo steamers, bamboo stakes, rocks, cut branches, construction mesh, concrete, asphalt, mirror, thread, fermented Korean vegetables and spices. Courtesy of the artist.