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Seung Ae Lee (b.1979, Seoul) graduated from Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul with a BA in Painting and obtained an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London.
Lee’s sophisticated drawing animations are a series of spontaneous pencil drawings that repeat the process of erasing and redrawing on paper, continuously leaving traces of the previous stage. Each stage transforms into the next, with the new movement (or drawing) inspired by the previous stage. Developed through autonomous ideas and movements, Lee's drawings often depict segregated parts of the body, natural organisms, and nostalgic items. The sound effects of percussions complement the visual imagery – and at the same time, the drawings also visually respond to sounds, as the percussion becomes the subject of depiction.
Lee’s work has been exhibited at various international venues, including Anima Mundi 2017 International Art Festival, Venice (2017), The Fourth Guangzhou Triennial (2012), Doosan Art Gallery, New York (2011), Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul (2009), the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2009) and Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul (2009). She is the winner of the Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust Prize 2016 (London). In 2013, she was awarded the Gucci Young Artist Grant (Seoul) and in 2009, her works were selected by the Google Cultural Institute as part of the online Google Arts & Culture . Her works are widely collected by private and public collections including Arario Collection, Christie's and Doosan Collection to name a few.