New York, NY
Ujin Lee has been exploring themes of emptiness, impermanence, and the continuous flux of movement in the past several years, mixing performance and public participation with installation in her large-scale site-specific projects. Lee regards her performances as an extension of her installations into time and space and views herself an intermediary of a flowing continuum.
Lee creates a performance with a structured grouped installation with tangible objects that occupy an empty space. Viewers are then invited to take a piece of the work home, contributing to the slow disappearance of the installation and returning the space to its empty state.
These interdisciplinary works are rooted in the artist’s investigation and study of expanding the ways in which everything in this world is connected in a perpetual circle of continuous flow. It is called Saṃsāra within Hinduism, Buddhism, and most other Indian religions, which is the cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth, or reincarnation. Lee interprets this concept through her work in modern parlance using objects, places, people, and possessions, but stays true to the original meaning of the word which referred to a process of continuous pursuit or flow of life.
gallery links: www.ujinleeart.com