As an artist, Lee often uses and transforms common materials to address themes of displacement and upheaval—a sense of landscapes caught up in the rapid change of demolition and construction, as she has experienced them both in Korea and China. Yet she finds compelling that even in the midst of enormous upheaval people will create small spaces that serve as gardens or simply spots that define a personal place. Some of the works address this phenomenon and invite the viewer to experience a configured space that elicits awareness of transient calm or solace.

Writing on Slow Burn at The Phillips Museum of Art, 2022
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Richard K. Kent is Professor of Art History at Franklin & Marshall College in PA