“Barbed Wire Series”

Kakyoung Lee

The “Barbed Wire Series” consists of a series of prints, multi-channel moving image installations, and a cat’s cradle shadow installation. It’s based on the shape of the barbed wire at the US army base in my hometown in South Korea. The memory of walking along the barbed wire fence in my old hometown and playing cat’s cradle with my sister against the wall connects to the political tension on military borders. Despite the growing threats and  tension at borders, the shapes of the tangled and distorted barbed wire are aesthetically repetitive and beautiful as abstract line drawings. I hope there is a way to peacefully loosen the tangled tension as if it were like children playing cat’s cradle.

Kakyoung Lee received her BFA and MFA from Hong-Ik University, as well as an MFA from SUNY-Purchase College, NY. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions internationally, including at the Drawing Center, New York; Hofstra University, Hempstead; Kunsthalle Bremen, DE; Mass MOCA, North Adams; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka, Bosnia; Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Oqbo, Berlin, DE; Queens Museum, New York; and Seoul Arts Center, Korea. She has held residencies at Omi, ISCP, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Marie Walsh Sharp Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, NYFA Fellowship, the Ahl Foundation grant, and KAFA award.  She was the 2017 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letter Purchase Award.

Lee’s works are in the collections of Asia Society, New York; McNay Art Museum, TX; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; and Library of Congress, Washington D.C. among others.