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SPOTLIGHT: Aimee Lee Opening Reception

Friday, June 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us for the opening reception of Hanbok’s Gifts, new sculptural paper works in Hanji, (Korean paper) by Cleveland artist and noted papermaker Aimee Lee in the Spotlight Gallery.

A Fulbright scholar, practitioner, and founder of the first Hanji studio in Cleveland, Aimee pays homage to the ingenuity and care behind traditional Korean clothing by using another material from the same heritage, hanji, that requires much discovery and labor to produce.

Aimee notes, “Dress has been a significant part of human life through its ability to clothe, express, and signify. It remains a dynamic part of culture that reaches people from monks in prayer to soldiers at war to children in school. My interest in dress is how the material and qualities of handmade paper can be transformed into garments—not necessarily to wear, but to evoke character and capture moods. Though I make paper of all kinds, I am most devoted to hanji, which is Korean paper. Through my study and experimentation with this durable and chameleon-like material, I have also learned about other Korean traditions and history.” The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, August 6.

 

Images: l. Legend (2016). Dye and pen on hanji, thread. 9.5 x 6.25″. r. Young (2017). Natural dyes, handmade papers, paper yarn, thread. 34 x 38.5

 

Working Artist Membership programs are generously supported by the Cyrus Eaton Foundation.