: Seung-hee Lee
Seung-hee Lee has a practice based on the clever aesthetic ploy of deconstructing traditional three-dimensional porcelain into flat images to transition objects from utilitarian to decorative. Seung-hee’s technique involves the use of traditional materials, and he makes the color of his objects almost indistinguishable from the original’s so that viewers have a sense of the long and rich the history of the porcelain he refers to. His pieces are all simply titled TAO. In Chinese, “Tao” means “porcelain”, and in English it means “the path”. Seung-hee does not ascribe deeper meaning to his titles, but if pressed to explain his choice, he would say his work in porcelain is a discipline—the discipline of finding his own path through the work.
Born in Cheongju, South Korea, Seung-hee Lee now lives and works in Beijing, China. He received his B.A. from the Craft Design Department at Cheongju University. Seung-hee had one-person and group exhibitions at Art Sonje Museum, Kyungju, in 1998; Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, in 2003; Cheongju National Museum, Cheongju, in 2005; Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, in 2005; Artside Gallery, Beijing, in 2009; Korean Art Show, New York, in 2010; Shin Gallery, New York, in 2013; Wally Findlay Galleries International, Palm Beach, in 2013.