Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is a New York-based artist and the lead artist and founder of Firewall, a pop-up Internet cafe researching Internet censorship. In her own search for illumination, Lee creates immersive media installations and research-based performances that examine how various societies have historically depicted concepts of enlightenment. Lee projects life-size video animations onto walls, floors, and into corners, transcribing pictorial space into three-dimensions to produce an immersive viewing experience. Conversations about these visual interactions are an important medium to her process. This interpersonal exchange of words and opinions becomes a radical form of enlightenment in itself – creating new ways of seeing through participatory art making. Lee has exhibited her work in New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Italy, Germany, and Taiwan. She is the recipient of grants from Asian Women Giving Circle (2016), Franklin Furnace Fund (2013), and the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. The Washington Post included her in D.C.’s 2012 “Top 10 Best Art Gallery Shows”. Lee graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art. She teaches part-time at FIT and NJ City University.


Made In China (2012)
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