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Heeran Lee
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Heeran Lee is a South Korean artist currently based in Seoul and New York. Heeran’s body centered work explores the private and public gestures of the Asian female body in the patriarchal power structure and investigates into the subject of cultural marginalization. Her recent grants have included the ARKO Young Art Frontier from Arts Council Korea (2013), Semi-finalist prize for emerging artists from The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation (2012) and The Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship(2012). Her work has been shown at Culture Station Seoul 284 (2014), Grace Exhibition Space (2013), Watermil Center (2012), Defibrillator Gallery(2012), and Rockbund Art Museum(2011). She holds an MFA specializing in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a fellow of LEIMAY 2014-2015 at CAVE.

Artist Statement

I create performative sculpture, solo body-based installations, time-based durational performances, and sculptural endurance events. In my body-centered work, I explore the private and public manifestations of the female Asian body where isolated actions transform into symbol, metaphor, metonym and formal structures within the larger context of socio-cultural power relations, particularly as they pertain to imbalance, inequality, and injustice in Korean and American society. As a woman growing up in the patriarchal power structure of South Korea, my personal experiences have incited an active engagement with feminist discourse; moreover, as an alien, living an extended period away from home, my awareness as “the other” has provoked further research into the subject of cultural marginalization.

I consider myself an experience designer. My performances present an immersive environment and allow an audience to investigate a thoroughly constructed space and time. I situate myself in relation to objects and architectural sites in order to release an unforeseen potentiality within these elements which might create conflicts and complex associations with and for the viewer. For instance, I Received Orders Not to Move (2011) is a piece in which I am seated on the front balcony of the Shanghai RockBund Art Museum. My naked back faces the audience and my hair, by means of a 7m/3kg whip, extends down to the doorway and touches the ground. Audience members interact with the sculptural performance as they situate themselves to view the piece from afar, avoid the extension in order to enter the museum, and explore the potential for injury in both my precarious position upon the ledge and the opportunity presented to pull me down with the extension.

The experimental process that makes up my practice functions as a creative journey, as the audience and I collaborate in the live moment to shift and make new meaning. My work invites self-reflection and presents a geography for my personal artistic evolution. I consistently embark from personal experience and extend my experience outward to propose a sensory realm in which sociopolitical issues are viscerally focused and can be deconstructed.

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At 5:23pm on September 29, 2014,
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Heeran Lee's Writing

Essay// Interdisciplinary within Meredith Monk's earlier works (part 3/1)

Posted on February 7, 2017 at 3:30am 0 Comments

The uniqueness of Interdisciplinary depicted in Meredith Monk’s earlier works could be viewed from three different perspectives. First, from Monk’s growth based on various artistic performances and through the composition of her ensemble group, The House. Second, ‘Mixed Genre of Triangle Theatre’ from various arts and media. Lastly, the reconstruction of performance spaces.





Meredith Monk’s Growth and Composition of The House

Meredith Monk is a Peruvian…

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ESSAY // The Female Body in Conflict

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:30am 0 Comments

The Female Body in Conflict

 The body is where identity coexists with gender. Exploring the concept of ‘the female’, feminist artists used the body as a locus of both imposed and inherent womanhood. Postmodern feministS confronted the idea of an essential female nature and instead argued for femininity as masquerade. The female body is rooted in the sexual.…

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