Seulgi Lee, U: A pile of eggs = A tricky situation, 2018, Korean silk, 76 3⁄4 × 61". From the series “Blanket Project U,” 2017–.

Seulgi Lee


Seulgi Lee reinvents folk artifacts from Korea and elsewhere, expanding on their symbolic status. Her maneuvers often reach back to premodern times, when material, image, language, shamanism, and the artisanal commingled in harmonious chaos.

The most eye-catching works in Lee’s recent exhibition “damasese” were the nine pieces from her series “Blanket Project U,” begun in 2014, each a large geometric color field in the form of a Korean nubi blanket, a traditional type of densely quilted bedding. Lee designed the planar patterns to evoke a series of proverbs (giving the simplest forms to the words as they appear in the proverbs), and selected colors familiar to Korean eyes thanks to their similarity with those found in traditional dyed-silk costumes. The designs were executed by master nubi artisans from Tongyeong, a port in the south of South Korea, where the technique has been well developed

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