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Why do you make art?

Because I just feel like I belong. Art puts a great context for me in my life experience, and it’s at this point very much become part of my identity. I think of myself in terms of the works I make, its places in art history. I convey things that are relevant to me culturally, and communicate experiences that feel real to me and emotions that I feel. 

How did you first discovered your passion for art? 

I don’t know about passion, but at least in terms of interest it was very young. Starting in elementary school and all the way through college, I always gravitated towards taking art classes. Much of these curricula were teaching the technical aspects and art history aspects of art. Where I really discovered a depth and a passion for art was actually during MFA. The process there was much more about the conceptual and intellectual aspects of being an artist, and that’s been a process that’s led me to create the art that I have today. 

Are there any particular themes that you’re pursue through your art?

I see myself as a minimalist artist and I utilize alot of cultural symbolism as the subject of my art. A lot of the series you see here are very traditional Japanese symbols, executed with my own sense of color and arrangement. This “flower of life” for example that you see throughout my work, it’s a very traditional symbol used throughout art and design in Japanese culture, and conveys a very spiritual energy between the inner self and the universe. To me, this sort of spiritual connection between my artwork and its viewers is most important to me. This is what extends down to my choice in subject matter. These symbols I explore are very culturally important to many people, and if it’s able to connect with people and make people feel a connection to their ancestors, then that’s the effect I want my artworks to have. 

Who are your influences in art history or your life?

I’m obsessed with minimalist and abstract art that experiments with pattern motifs. Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, these two in particular are artists who I have especial affinity for, mostly because their dot motifs are very much similar to this yin yang motif that I use in my artwork. Aside from the official “art history”, I’m also very influenced by traditional forms of cultural art in Asia, outside of the fine arts. A lot of the symbolism I use as an example, can be found throughout Chinese, Japanese, Korean cultures etc. in a religious context, or a philosophy context. 

Where do you get the inspirations for your art?

Art has given me the opportunity to travel the world. To South Africa, to Japan, to Korea, to Singapore, to the United States, and these opportunities have all shaped my art in their own ways. Seeing the art created in these different cultures, attending exhibitions and art fairs and residencies, experiencing different lifestyles and worldviews, it’s all new forms of inspiration or at least stimulus to me in my art creation process. 

How do you make your art?

I like to think about my works in terms of series. The way I think about the colors, the sequences, the arrangements of works, are very often in terms of sweeping series that I spent many months working on. Oftentimes it involves getting custom sized and custom shaped canvases, experimenting with different mediums, and when I do exhibitions even creating immersive booths to experience the art. I guess I’m almost moving towards being an installation artist if you will. 
Sihui Lee

Born 1980 in Yunlin, Taiwan. Lives and works in Yunlin, Taiwan

 

Education

2007     MFA, National Taiwan University of Arts, Graduate School of Plastic Arts

2002     BA, National Hsinchu Teachers College, Department of Art Education

 

Solo Exhibitions

2013     Spark of Life, Yu-Hsiu Art Space, Hsinchu City Taiwan

2012     Divine Beauty, Li Shin Gallery, Taoyuan County Taiwan

               Into One, Accton Art Foundation, Hsinchu City Taiwan

2011     A Green Room, Yunlin Story House, Yunlin Taiwan

2008     Transparency. White, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont USA

2006     Crystal Children, Art Space of Life Science Library, Taipei Taiwan

                Pattern Series, NTUA Gallery, Banqiao City Taiwan

2005     The Adventure Of The Hero, Shin Leh Yuan Art Space, Taipei Taiwan

2004     Spring, Dogpig Art Space, Kaohsiung Taiwan

2002     Unsatisfied, Accton Art Foundation, Hsinchu City Taiwan

 

Group Exhibitions

2017     Topology in Happening, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung Taiwan

               Taiwan Annual, Taipei Expo Park, Taipei Taiwan

2016     Taiwan Annual, Taipei Expo Park, Taipei Taiwan

2015     14th Artist Fair Taiwan, Taipei Expo Park, Taipei Taiwan

               Thupelo 30th Anniversary, Greatmore Art Center, Cape Town South Africa

2013     12th Artist Fair Taiwan, Taipei City Museum, Taipei Taiwan

               Frame of Mind – Between the Illusion and Reality, Modern Art Gallery, Taichung Taiwan

2012     11th Artist Fair, Taichung Cultural & Creative Industries Park, Taipei Taiwan

2011     Pusan World Open Art Festival, Pusan Korea
              10th Artist Fair, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung Taiwan

2010     Post-Adolescence, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

               Post-Adolescence, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung Taiwan

2009     Korea International Art Fair, COEX, Seoul Korea

                Taipei Art Fair International, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei Taiwan

                As If We Never Met, Paintlust Project Space, Christchurch New Zealand

2008     VSC Open Studio, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont USA

                Changdong Open Studio- Red Carpet, Changdong Art Studio, Seoul Korea

                Changwon Asian Art Festival, Changwon Korea

                Asia Art Network, Seoul Korea

                International Symposium on Taiwan: from within the Mist, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung Taiwan

2007     ARCUS Open Studio, Ibaraki, Japan

               Residency Group Show in 2nd Season, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei Taiwan

               Taiwan Contemporary Art of Wonderland, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung Taiwan

               CO6 Taiwan Avant-Garde Documenta, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung Taiwan

2006     Royal Elastics presents 2006 Free Art Exhibition, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei Taiwan

City Mambo-International Exchange Exhibition of Stone Villa, Shin Leh Yuan Art Space, Taipei Taiwan

2005     Well Done - The Art of Design World-special project : Flying shoes, MOCA Museum, Taipei Taiwan

2004     Memory Essence, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei Taiwan

                Greatmore Open Studio, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town South Africa

2002     29th Taipei Annual Arts Competition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Taiwan

                Archetype, Huashan Arts District, Taipei Taiwan

2001     8402, NHCTC Gallery, Hsinchu City Taiwan

Dye, Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy, NHCTC Gallery, Hsinchu City Taiwan

Boxes of Memories, NHCTC Artist Space, Hsinchu City  Taiwan

Number One, NHCTC Gallery, Hsinchu City Taiwan

 

Collections

2009     The Blue World I, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

2006     Unsatisfied, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

The Blue World Series

The Interference Series

The Serpent Series

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